Oregon Will Have First Openly Bisexual Governor

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will become the first openly bisexual governor when Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) resigns from office next week, the Washington Post reports.

“It would be a milestone for LGBT elected officials. An LGBT governor has never been elected, although New Jersey did have an openly gay governor briefly in 2004, after Gov. Jim McGreevey (D) came out as gay and admitted an affair with a man he had appointed to a key job. He resigned three months later.”

“Brown is married to husband Dan Little; she has publicly discussed her bisexuality in past campaigns. She is already arguably the highest-ranking bisexual elected official in America; Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ.) became the first bisexual member of Congress in 2013. There are about 525 openly LGBT public officials in office at all levels of government, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.”

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  • CAfan

    Those loud screams you just heard were Sam Brownback and Pat Robertson after hearing the news of a bi-sexual governor….Their next line will be how this is the end of times…Just like in Terminator 3 at the end when the nuclear bombs went off, this is Armageddon for the social conservatives….

    Congratulations Kate Brown!

    • gerrymander

      Well, she’s married to a man, so maybe they can console themselves that she’s not a GAY bisexual Governor…

  • navamske

    Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will become the first openly bisexual governor when Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) resigns from office next week, the Washington Post reports.

    Will this be the first time governors of two contiguous states have had the same last name?

    • APV

      And from the same political party.

    • terjeanderson

      Jim Thompson (IL) and Tommy Thompson (WI), both Republicans, also served at the same time.

      (There may be others, but those are two I remembered – not sure how to look them up without going through the lists of every state governor and looking for matches. But I wouldn’t be shocked if some Olsens served in MN and ND at the same time, or something like that…)

      • navamske

        Jim Thompson (IL) and Tommy Thompson (WI), both Republicans, also served at the same time.

        Thanks, I forgot about the Thompson Twins.

      • navamske

        Jim Thompson (IL) and Tommy Thompson (WI), both Republicans, also served at the same time.

        Thanks, I forgot about the Thompson Twins.

      • navamske

        Jim Thompson (IL) and Tommy Thompson (WI), both Republicans, also served at the same time.

        Thanks, I forgot about the Thompson Twins.

      • navamske

        Jim Thompson (IL) and Tommy Thompson (WI), both Republicans, also served at the same time.

        Thanks, I forgot about the Thompson Twins.

      • jhannon

        you have some fairly encyclopedic stuff going on

        • terjeanderson

          I remembered the Thompsons… but others were guesses that I used the web to suss out. I figured with all those Scandinavians in the upper Midwest, surely some Olsons, Andersons, or Johnsons had simultaneously served as Governors.

    • Snick1946

      If I am not mistaken both Oregon and Washington state had governors with the exact same names (different middle initials) – Clarence Martin- this was in the 1930’s.

      • terjeanderson

        Close… Washington was Clarence D. Martin, while Oregon was Charles H. Martin,

        But that’s quite an impressive thing to dig up from the memory banks!

        • Snick1946

          Thanks. As a kid I was a whiz on political trivia like this- it was later in life I discovered it was a byproduct of Autism, which I still have but got treatment for in later life.

  • Unsphexish

    Two steps forward (Oregon), one step back (Arkansas). Progress, however.

  • Berkshire_Boy

    Real progress will be when one’s sexuality will be about as relevant to the public office they hold as whether they are right or left-handed.

    • terjeanderson

      Yes, in the long term.

      But in the short term, acknowledging milestones and firsts is also progress – and what ultimately helps make the progress you are talking about possible.

    • easton

      whoa, way wrong. being that left handed people are naturally superior in every respect (most of out last batch of Presidents but not GWB have been left handed.
      Mozart was left handed, Galileo and Da Vinci were both left handed, so was Einstein. Even Jesus was reportedly lefthanded if you go by the gnostic gospels.
      but I agree, who cares who anyone has sex with?

      • Hawkeye

        right handed or left handed? What I want is above board and even handed. As long as there is no rape I couldn’t care less about ambi-sex-trist either. I don’t live in Oregon anyway. Not my call.

  • taikan

    I’m not an Oregonian, but if I lived in Oregon I would be more concerned about whether she is likely to do a good job than they are concerned about her sexual preferences, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true of most people who do live in Oregon.

  • FreedomFries

    It get a little awkward at the national governors meeting when she meets Asa hutchinson and brownbeck – awkward for them that is.

    • APV

      Brownback – By tanking the economy, he has screwed everyone in KS, male or female. So, he could be bisexual as well.

      • GatorLegal1

        Trisexual, that is, because Brownback is also in bed with religious conservatives.

        • APV

          Also the Koch brothers, who have been his single largest campaign contributors. So, also into some kinky religious-political orgy.

  • Chammy

    Well, well, well. Looka here. I love it.

  • 1Jeremybozz1

    I hope to see a Gordon Smith vs Kate Brown poll in the next month or two.

    • terjeanderson

      Gordon Smith is now a lobbyist in Washington DC, head of the National Association of Broadcasters.

      Oregon has a 3 year residency requirement for running for Governor — Smith doesn’t meet the minimum to run in 2016 against Kate Brown.

  • snickering

    Two for the price of one.