Members of the Oregon House of Representatives
Speaker of the House
Beginning with her work to win domestic partnership benefits for faculty and students at the University of Washington in the mid-1990s, Tina Kotek has worked hard to change the world and to empower people to be part of that change.
She began her public service career as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, working to eliminate hunger for every Oregonian. She went on to serve as the policy director for Children First for Oregon before being elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.
In her first term in the House, Representative Kotek championed a redesign of the state’s welfare program, led the fight to establish statewide nutrition standards for food sold in schools, and helped pass landmark legislation that both ended discrimination based on sexual orientation and created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
In 2013, she became the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation.
In recent legislative sessions, Speaker Kotek was a leader in the movement to give everyone a fair shot at success by championing the successful efforts to expand earned sick leave, strengthen retirement security and ban racial profiling. She worked to strengthen and expand child care options for working parents and fought to pass trailblazing legislation to raise Oregon’s minimum wage.
Today, Speaker Kotek and her partner Aimee live in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland.
Members of the House of Representatives
Alonso Leon, Teresa
Clem, Brian L.
Hack, Jodi L.
Piluso, Carla C.
Reschke, E. Werner
Smith, David Brock
Smith Warner, Barbara
Stark, Duane A.
Vial, A. Richard