Since statehood in 1859, the Land Board has been composed of the Governor (chair), Secretary of State and State Treasurer. Gov. John Kitzhaber, who served on the Land Board during his previous eight-year tenure (1995 - 2003), began his third term as Governor on Jan. 10, 2011. Secretary of State Kate Brown has served since 2009, and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler began his service in 2010.
Gov. Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, is the first Governor to be elected to the office three times. He began his political career in 1979 when he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, then served as a state senator from 1981 to 1993, and Senate president from 1985 to 1993. Secretary of State Brown served in the Oregon Legislature for 17 years (1991 - 2008), where she became Oregon's first woman to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. Treasurer Wheeler served as Multnomah County chair from November 2006 - March 2010, and worked previously in the financial industry with Bank of America and the Copper Mountain Trust.
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.