In a historic election, Kate Brown won a two-year term as Oregon’s governor, becoming the first openly LGBT governor-elect. Brown had served as governor since February 2015, when she took over after former Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned the post, but had not been elected to the position until winning the special election on November 8, 2016.
Brown, who identifies as bisexual, has spoken about her time spent in the closet, and fears related to coming out. Discussing her victory with the Washington Blade, she stated: “You can’t be what you can’t see…If I can be a role model for one young person that decides that their life is worth living because there’s someone like them in the world, it’s worth it.”