The Oregon Constitution was framed by a convention of 60 delegates chosen by the people. The convention met on the third Monday in August 1857 and adjourned on September 18 of the same year. On November 9, 1857, the Constitution was approved by the vote of the people of Oregon Territory. The Act of Congress admitting Oregon into the Union was approved February 14, 1859, and on that date the Constitution went into effect.


The Constitution is here published as it is in effect following the approval of amendments and revisions on November 6, 2012. The text of the original signed copy of the Constitution filed in the office of the Secretary of State is retained unless it has been repealed or superseded by amendment or revision. Where the original text has been amended or revised or where a new provision has been added to the original Constitution, the source of the amendment, revision or addition is indicated in the source note immediately following the text of the amended, revised or new section. Notations also have been made setting out the history of repealed sections.


Unless otherwise specifically noted, the leadlines for the sections have been supplied by Legislative Counsel.



Article I Bill of Rights

II Suffrage and Elections

III Distribution of Powers

IV Legislative Branch

V Executive Branch

VI Administrative Department

VII (Amended) Judicial Branch

VII (Original) The Judicial Branch

VIII Education and School Lands

IX Finance

X The Militia

X-A Catastrophic Disasters

XI Corporations and Internal Improvements

XI-A Farm and Home Loans to Veterans

XI-D State Power Development

XI-E State Reforestation

XI-F(1) Higher Education Building Projects

XI-F(2) Veterans' Bonus

XI-G Higher Education Institutions and Activities; Community Colleges

XI-H Pollution Control

XI-I(1) Water Development Projects

XI-I(2) Multifamily Housing for Elderly and Disabled

XI-J Small Scale Local Energy Loans

XI-K Guarantee of Bonded Indebtedness of Education Districts

XI-L Oregon Health and Science University

XI-M Seismic Rehabilitation of Public Education Buildings

XI-N Seismic Rehabilitation of Emergency Services Buildings

XI-O Pension Liabilities

XI-P School District Capital Costs

XI-Q Real or Personal Property Owned or Operated by State

XII State Printing

XIV Seat of Government

XV Miscellaneous

XVI Boundaries

XVII Amendments and Revisions

XVIII Schedule





We the people of the State of Oregon to the end that Justice be established, order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, do ordain this Constitution.