Kotek re-elected House speaker; Courtney Senate president

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Senate has unanimously re-elected Democrat Peter Courtney as president of the chamber as the Legislature prepares for the session that starts in February.

Democrats hold 17 seats in the Senate, and Republicans 13.

Tina Kotek, a Democrat from Portland, was re-elected earlier Monday as speaker of the state House of Representatives.

Kotek received 35 votes. Mike McLane, a Republican from Powell Butte, received 25. Democrats have 35 seats in the 60-seat chamber while Republicans have 25.

Monday's activities were be capped by the inauguration of Gov. Kate Brown. Formerly the secretary of state, Brown ascended to the governor's office two years ago when John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling probe. Brown won election in November to remain in office for the final two years of Kitzhaber's term.

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