Salem, OR—Today, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek announced 60 highlights of her administration to mark her first 60 days on the job. Governor Kotek and her team have hit the ground running to work on delivering results that will improve the everyday lives of Oregonians, no matter their zip code.
In recognition of her first two months on the job, here are 60 highlights – including a mix of policy actions, community events, and personal updates – from Governor Kotek’s team:
1. Spoke to a joint session of the Oregon Legislature after being sworn in, outlining her priorities
2. Met with Tribal Leaders following her swearing-in ceremony, in her first official act as Governor.
3. Moved to Salem with First Lady Aimee Kotek Wilson and their dogs Teddy and Rudy.
4. Declared a homelessness state of emergency
5. Directed all state agencies
to prioritize reducing unsheltered homelessness.
6. Established a statewide housing production
target of 36,000 new homes per year.
7. Sent new agency performance expectations
to all agency leaders.
8. Sent a letter to all state employees
thanking them for their public service and pledging to partner with them in solving problems.
9. Announced Ebony Clarke as the Oregon Health Authority’s incoming Behavioral Health Director.
10. Met with the state’s Racial Justice Council in her first week to discuss budget priorities.
11. Joined Congregation Beth Israel for their annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service.
12. Led a community clean up event
, picking up 563 pounds of trash and helping clean up a neighborhood park in East Multnomah County.
13. Spoke at The Skanner Foundation’s 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast.
14. Addressed mayors and other local leaders from across the state during the League of Oregon Cities’ “City Day” event at the Salem Convention Center, focusing her remarks on working collaboratively to solve the housing and homelessness crisis.
15. Continued holding regular meetings with the Mayor of Portland and the Chair of Multnomah County to support greater collaboration on reducing unsheltered homelessness and other issues of shared concern.
16. Toured the “Mass Casitas” prototype modular homes under construction at a Port of Portland facility.
17. Released her recommended budget
for the 2023-25 biennium, with a mission-focused approach to building more housing and reducing homelessness, improving access to mental health and addiction services, and improving outcomes in early literacy and K-12 schools.
18. Met in person with the legislative caucuses, Democrats and Republicans and House and Senate, to review her budget goals and answer questions of mutual concern.
19. Signed a proclamation
recognizing Black History Month and the significant contributions and accomplishments by members of Black communities across Oregon and the United States over the last 400 years.
20. Joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development Northwest Regional Administrator Margaret Salazar, Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to announce $9.5 million in federal funding to address housing and homelessness.
21. Welcomed home over 120 members of the 82nd Cavalry Regiment of the Oregon Army National Guard who returned after a year-long deployment in Eastern Europe that ended up supporting NATO efforts after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
22. Penned her first Op-Ed as Governor: “A fiscally prudent plan
that tackles Oregon’s biggest challenges”.
23. Sent a thank you video
to Oregon educators, school staff, and administrators.
24. Chaired her first meeting of the State Land Board.
25. Traveled to Washington, D.C.
to attend the 2023 Winter Meeting of the National Governors Association, including a White House dinner hosted by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
26. Had breakfast with Oregon’s federal delegation at the Capitol to discuss shared priorities.
27. Joined five other women Governors on MSNBC’s Morning Joe
to talk about the important work they are leading around the country.
28. Met one-on-one in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
29. Celebrated Oregon’s 164th birthday
30. Decisively managed an ethics scandal at the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.
31. Visited Yoncalla Early Learning Center
and talked with program administrators and parents about the impact the program is having on their community.
32. Toured the Gary Leif Navigation Center
in Roseburg, which serves as a service hub and shelter option for individuals experiencing homelessness, and hosted a roundtable at Aviva Health
in Roseburg focused on mental health and recovery.
33. Met with Oakland Mayor Bette Keehley
at Turkey Hall.
34. Introduced her first bills as Governor.
35. Joined the Reproductive Freedom Alliance
to ensure that Oregon continues to protect essential health care for all who need it.
36. Responded to a record snow storm by ensuring the Oregon Department of Emergency Management coordinated an effective state response to assist effected communities, including declaring an emergency to expedite additional resources and recording a video message
to speak directly to Oregonians.
37. Sat down with Ken Boddie from KOIN’s Eye on NW Politics
for her first in-depth TV interview as Governor.
38. Launched the emergency response infrastructure
to implement the homelessness state of emergency.
39. Celebrated the Lunar Chinese New Year
with the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Portland Lodge.
40. Created an urgent $1 million grant program
to help small and mid-sized Oregon businesses prepare competitive applications for the once-in-a-generation infusion of federal funds from the CHIPS and Science Act.
41. Testified before the legislature
to urge them to pass $155 million to reduce homelessness in all regions of Oregon.
42. Appointed members to lead her Housing Production Advisory Council
, bringing expertise and leadership from across the state.
43. Joined U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for a youth mental health roundtable at Faubion School in Portland to hear from students and youth lifeline volunteers about the challenges young people are facing.
44. Hosted bipartisan lunches for new members of the Oregon State Legislature.
45. Joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group of U.S. governors committed to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and pledging to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
46. Posed for at least 200 selfies with Oregonians across the state.
47. Met with the Native American Youth and Family Center
(NAYA) for their Legislative Day of Action.
48. Joined Moms Demand Action
volunteers for their legislative day of action and reiterated her commitment to raising the age of purchase for weapons of war from 18 to 21.
49. Went to the first day of the Salem Saturday Market
to support local businesses.
50. Signed a proclamation for Classified School Employees Week
to honor the hardworking professionals who support the needs of all Oregon students.
51. Held her first in-person Cabinet Meeting with a dozen directors of state agencies.
52. Signed a proclamation recognizing Women’s History Month and celebrating alongside members of the Oregon Commission for Women.
53. Joined the Biden-Harris Administration’s Federal-State “Buy Clean” Initiative, committing that Oregon will work to procure lower-carbon infrastructure materials in state-funded projects.
54. Held individual meetings with the Consul Generals of Japan, China, and the United Kingdom to discuss economic development and trade opportunities with Oregon.
55. Read five audits released by the Secretary of State’s Office.
56. Signed her first bill into law as Governor.
57. Joined Oregon Public Radio’s Think Out Loud
for an in-depth interview.
58. Hosted Washington Governor Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee and exchanged coincidentally matching gifts – cutting boards in the shape of each state.
59. Attended the ribbon-cutting celebration of Las Adelitas,
a community development of 142 affordable housing units in the vibrant Cully neighborhood in Northeast Portland.
60. Kicked off the inaugural meeting of her Housing Production Advisory Council, a council charged with developing an action plan to meet the ambitious housing production goal of 36,000 homes per year established by the Governor’s executive order.
“From day one, we hit the ground running with a simple idea: take our biggest challenges head on and work together, across the state and across the aisle, to solve problems,” Governor Tina Kotek said. “I asked Oregonians to imagine an Oregon where no one has to sleep outside, all children have the same opportunities to learn and grow, and people seeking help for a behavioral health issue can find and afford the support they need. Sixty days in, we have set the foundation to make things happen.”