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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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