Kotek nominated as Speaker of the House

Kotek nominated as Speaker of the House

Rep. Tina Kotek was nominated by the new Democratic majority to lead the Oregon House for the next two years.

Kotek helped engineer a four-seat pickup on Nov. 6 that enabled Democrats to break the 30-30 tie resulting from the election two years ago. The 34 Democrats met behind closed doors at the Capitol for three hours.

Kotek, 46, has been House co-chairwoman of the human services budget subcommittee in 2009-10 and 2011. Working with a Republican, she helped shape the 2011 overhaul of how health care is delivered to 600,000 low-income Oregonians.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.