From Kate Brown's inaugural speech on February 18, after her swearing in as governor of Oregon.
It's been a tough few months. The people of Oregon have had reason to question their trust in state government. Oregon has been in the national news for all the wrong reasons.
That changes starting today. It's time for us to get back to work. It's time to move Oregon forward.
This great state is blessed with so many amazing qualities: breath-taking natural wonders, a resilient people and an unmatched quality of life. People born here want to stay here, and people are drawn here from all over the country. We are all fiercely proud to be Oregonians.
Before I sought public office, I worked as a family law advocate. There, I witnessed first-hand the problems of people whose lives were dramatically impacted by the law, but who seldom had an impact on shaping it – the child who needs a more stable home; the survivor of domestic violence;' the family struggling to make ends meet.
I carry with me their faces and stories every day when I come to work.
And throughout my 24 years in public service, I have also sought to promote transparency and trust in government, working to build confidence that our public dollars are spent wisely.
As Governor, this will not change.
I will be a Governor who wants to hear the concerns of everyday Oregonians – children and working parents, small business owners and senior citizens.
In the public dialogue about resources and priorities, they will be my central focus.
It is with everyday Oregonians in mind that I take office today with enthusiasm and purpose. The legislature is in session; the budget has been submitted and more than 1,700 bills have been filed. Speaker Kotek, President Courtney, members of the legislature, on behalf of all Oregonians, thank you for your dedication and perseverance throughout this recent ordeal.
There is a great deal of work ahead of us, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to it. (more…)