BREAKING: Gov. Brown names Jeanne Atkins as Secretary of State

BREAKING: Gov. Brown names Jeanne Atkins as Secretary of State

Governor Kate Brown has named her successor. Oregon's next Secretary of State is Jeanne Atkins.

Largely unknown to the general public, Atkins is a well-known and respected professional in the political world. She was chief of staff to Jeff Merkley when he was Speaker of the House and recently retired as his state director in his U.S. Senate office.

From Gov. Brown's statement:

“Jeanne Atkins will serve Oregon with integrity, transparency and good sense,” Governor Brown said. “I am pleased to be able to appoint a successor with such impeccable professional credentials.” ...

“Jeanne Atkins has stood for elective office, she has worked in concert with elected officials and advocacy groups, and helped craft and implement public policies,“ Governor Brown said. “She is ideally qualified to be Oregon’s next Secretary of State.”

No word yet on whether Atkins intends to run for a full term in 2016.

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