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Brown sworn in as Oregon's 37th or 38th governor

Brown was sworn in Wednesday.

By Ed Adamczyk
Brown sworn in as Oregon's 37th or 38th governor
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (CC/ wikimedia.org/ J. Goldberg)

SALEM, Ore., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The life of new Oregon Governor Kate Brown has an assortment of remarkable facets, including not being sure if she is the state's 37th or 38th governor.

Brown, 54, sworn in Wednesday in Salem, the capital, is the nation's first openly bisexual governor, and has been married for 15 years to Dan Little, a man. Born in Spain, she grew up in Minnesota, pursued an undergraduate degree in Colorado and earned a law degree at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. She is one of four current non-elected governors, ascending to the position after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned last week in the midst of an influence-peddling scandal.

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Oregon has no lieutenant governor's position, so Brown, as Oregon Secretary of State since 2009, assumed the office of governor.

News outlets have reported Brown is the state's 37th governor, or perhaps the 38th. Kitzhaber is considered Oregon's 35th and 37th governor, having served from 1995 to 2003, and again from 2011 to his resignation last week.

The Oregon Legislature regards Brown as the 38th, issuing a news release with that number.

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