Members of the Oregon House
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 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. 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 helped establish statewide nutrition standards for food sold in schools, to pass landmark legislation to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and create domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
In 2013, she became the first openly lesbian speaker of any U.S. state house. She and her partner Aimee live in North Portland.
Speaker Kotek has since led successful efforts to expand earned sick leave, strengthen retirement security, ban racial profiling, expand child care options for working parents and raise Oregon's minimum wage.
Members of the House