Salem, OR — Today, Secretary of State Bev Clarno took her ceremonial Oath of Office in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office of the Oregon State Capitol.
“I am honored by the confidence you have placed in me in appointing me to serve as Secretary of State,” said Secretary Clarno in her opening remarks.
“My priorities as your Secretary of State are to listen, to ensure that the office in which I serve is fulfilling its responsibilities in a professional and non-partisan manner, and that hard-working Oregonians’ tax dollars are spent in the most cost-effective way possible.”
The oath was administered by the Honorable Martha Walters, the first woman Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. In addition, brief remarks were given by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Senators Jackie Winters and Betsy Johnson—senators who served with Secretary Clarno in the Oregon Senate.
“I’m so honored to be here supporting my friend,” said Senator Jackie Winters.
“She is strong as nails, and she leads with a firm hand. And with that firm hand, there is a sense of fairness that you and I wish we could permeate all throughout this building.”
Secretary Clarno is a third-generation Oregonian with a diverse professional career and historic tenure in Oregon elected politics. She was the first woman Republican Speaker of the House and the first Republican woman to serve as her party’s leader in the Oregon State Senate. She was the first woman to hold leadership positions in both the Oregon House and Senate.
During her tenure in the legislature, Secretary Clarno was known as a leader on issues of importance to rural Oregonians, farmers, ranchers and children. She supported a strong state auditing function as spending tax dollars effectively and efficiently was a priority for her out of her respect for hard-working Oregonians.
“It is my firm belief that there is not a Republican way or a Democrat way to oversee elections or audit state agencies—there is only a fair, thorough and honest way,” said Secretary Clarno.
“As your Secretary of State, I will administer the key functions of this office in a way that will earn the trust and faith of all Oregonians.”