Tina Kotek

Tina Kotek (D) is the 39th governor of Oregon.


Oregon AFL-CIO

Oregon Education Association

Basic Rights Oregon

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon





service dates

January 9, 2023 – Present



Personal Moments


Gets her bachelor’s degree

Earned a degree in religious studies from the University of Oregon.


Earns a master’s degree in international studies

Kotek studied international studies and comparative religion at the University of Washington.


Marries her partner Aimee Wilson

Kotek and her wife married in a private ceremony in 2017. The couple had met 12 years prior, in 2005.

Campaign History


Elected to the Oregon House of Representatives

Tina Kotek was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 44.


Elected as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives

She became the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, becoming the first openly lesbian speaker of any state legislature in the United States.


Becomes Governor of Oregon

Kotek ran for Governor of Oregon in the 2022 election and won.

Position on Key Issues

Housing and Homelessness

Tina Kotek has been a vocal advocate for affordable housing and homelessness solutions in Oregon. She championed the passage of the Oregon Housing Opportunity Bill, which aimed to increase the supply of affordable housing and streamline the development process. She has also supported efforts to provide rental assistance and eviction protections for Oregonians struggling to afford housing.

Climate and the Environment

On climate and the environment, Kotek has been a supporter of renewable energy and has advocated for policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She co-sponsored the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, which aimed to establish a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions in Oregon.

Mental Health and Recovery

Regarding mental health and recovery, Kotek has worked to increase access to mental health services and substance abuse treatment. She supported the passage of the Mental Health Care Act, which expanded mental health services and established a mental health workforce center. She also sponsored the Peer Support Specialist Certification Act, which created a certification program for peer support specialists in Oregon.

Key Issues:

Housing and Homelessness

Climate and the Environment

Mental Health and Recovery