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Tina Kotek

Tina Kotek (b. Sept. 30, 1966) is a U.S. politician (Democrat) from Oregon. On Jan. 14, 2013, Kotek was sworn in as her state’s Speaker of the House, becoming the first open lesbian to lead a legislative chamber in the United States.

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Ore. governor, AG hail marriage ruling; reaction from supporters, opponents

Monday, May 19, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Both supporters and opponents of marriage equality spoke out Monday about a federal judge's ruling striking down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Both the Governor and the Attorney General supported the ruling, and the state previously declined to defend the ban in court.

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Kotek sworn in as nation’s first open lesbian to lead a legislative chamber

Monday, January 14, 2013
Tina Kotek
Oregon state Rep. Tina Kotek was sworn in on Monday as her state's Speaker of the House, becoming the first open lesbian to lead a legislative chamber in the United States. Kotek, a third term lawmaker from North Portland who took the oath of office with her partner, Aimee Wilson, by her side, called the historic occasion “humbling.”

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Democrats’ victory in Oregon House clears path for openly lesbian Speaker

Friday, November 9, 2012
Tina Kotek
SALEM, Ore. -- After fiercely contested races around the state, Democrats are poised to take over Oregon’s House of Representatives with a 34-26 majority, clearing the path for the ascension of openly lesbian House Democratic Leader Tina Kotek to the Speaker's chair.

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