About the State Land Board
Since statehood in 1859, the Land Board has been composed of the Governor (chair), Secretary of State and State Treasurer. Governor Kate Brown was sworn in as Oregon's 38th Governor on February 18, 2015. Brown was elected Oregon's Secretary of State in 2008, and previously served in the Oregon Legislature for 17 years (1991-2008), where she became Oregon's first woman to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson was elected in 2016, after serving six terms in the Oregon Legislature (from 2002 – 2014). A lawyer who practiced for 30 years, Richardson also served in Vietnam as an Army combat helicopter pilot. State Treasurer Tobias Read was elected in 2016, after serving in the Oregon House of Representatives starting in 2006. During his tenure, Read was elected Speaker Pro Tempore and served on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. In 2015, Read was a chief sponsor of the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, a state-sponsored program that will launch in 2017.
Oregon's Constitution directs the Land Board to manage lands under its jurisdiction to obtain the greatest benefit for the people of Oregon, consistent with resource conservation and sound land management. The board oversees the Common School Fund and state lands dedicated to providing revenue for the fund.