TINA Kotek’s political career has progressed from Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives to Governor of Oregon.
She has spoken out openly on abortion issues, racial justice and mental health awareness.
Who is Tina Kotek?
Tina Kotek, born September 30, 1966 in York, Pennsylvania, is a career politician and the current Governor-elect of Oregon.
She defeated her Republican opponent and former Congressman Christine Drazan and independent Betsy Johnson in a three-way race and will take office on January 9, 2023.
Kotek, a Democrat, served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2013 to 2022. She was the first openly lesbian person to serve as Speaker of a House of Representatives in the United States, as well as the longest-serving Speaker in Oregon history.
Previously she was as Majority Leader of Oregon House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.
Why is Tina Kotek’s victory historic?
After making history as the first lesbian speaker of a state House of Representatives in 2013, Kotek’s victory made her one of the first openly lesbian governors in the United States.
She shares this title with Maura Healey, the newly elected governor in the 2022 gubernatorial election in Massachusetts on November 8, 2022.
Prior to her election for governor, Kotek spoke to NBC News about her campaign sexuality, saying, “That’s not why I’m running. life can get better.
“I can do whatever I want because look at this or that person.” So it would be an honor.”
Her drive is to increase inclusion in schools and the workplace and to expand the conversation about LGBTQ+ rights and gender identity.
“I pledge to always use my voice and power in Oregon to stand up and defend and advance LGBTQ+ rights,” Kotek told Reuters.
“Oregon will not move backwards on my clock and I will always keep my foot on the accelerator to keep pushing us forward to achieve progress, justice and justice.”
Is Tina Kotek Single?
At the time of writing, Tina Kotek is currently married to Aimee Wilson.
They have lived in Portland, Oregon since 2005.
It is currently unclear whether they have children.
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