Media Room


Governor Kate Brown
Commissioner Val Hoyle Swearing-In Ceremony
January 7, 2019

I am so thrilled to be here today for this historic celebration and swearing-in for my friend and colleague, Val Hoyle. Val’s strength, determination, values, and grit make her perfect for Commissioner of Labor and Industries.

Today’s momentous swearing-in means three of Oregon’s elected executive statewide offices will be held by women. Now more than ever, leadership in our state is reflective of Oregon’s people.

I know that Val is ready to GSD: Get Stuff Done.  As majority leader, she helped ensure the passage of so many incredible bills that protect the Oregon we all love. 

From protecting our bounty and beauty by helping pass the Oregon clean fuels program, to defending democracy by helping pass the nation’s first automatic voter registration law, to firearm protections that ensure the safety of children. 

As a legislator, she was a champion for working Oregonians.  She worked tirelessly to raise Oregon’s minimum wage, pass paid sick leave, and fight for funding for essential career and technical education programs.  I am eager to see her continue that effort in her new role.

Val has dedicated her career to the betterment of Oregonians. She grew up in a family that for three generations had union roots, and she carries those values with her in the fight for truth, justice, and equity. This historic milestone in Oregon is something we should all take pause in, and celebrate.

I’m excited to work alongside my friend, Val, and move towards creating an Oregon where children and families can thrive. Join me in celebrating Val becoming the next Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner.

And with that I’d like to introduce the Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.