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Oregon Secretary Of State To Be Sworn In As Governor

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State of Oregon
Kate Brown has been Oregon's Secretary of State since 2009.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will be sworn in as governor Wednesday morning.

She succeeds John Kitzhaber, who resigns the same day, effective 10 a.m.

It's not expected to be a typical inauguration. There won't be sort of the pomp and tone of celebration that accompanies a normal swearing-in of a governor.

Kate Brown may be happy, on one level, to become the governor, there's unlikely to be a feeling of celebration.

Kitzhaber resigned under pressure, and under criminal investigation. He's accused of looking the other way as his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, was paid by interest groups that wanted to use her influence to advance their legislative agendas.