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 Secretary of the Senate

 
Lori L. Brocker 
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE, Room 233
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1851
 

The Secretary of the Senate is an officer of the Senate and serves as the Senate's administrator and parliamentarian. The Secretary is elected by the 30 members of the Senate to a two-year term.

The Secretary of the Senate's Office is responsible for coordinating and documenting the actions of the Senate. In accordance with Senate Rules, the Secretary of the Senate's Office prepares the daily agenda, distributes information about measures throughout session, and keeps the Senate Journal. In addition, the Secretary of the Senate's Office assists the Senate with the confirmation of executive appointments. ​

 2017 Session Calendar & Deadlines

The 79th Oregon Legislative Assembly organized on January 9.

The 2017 Regular Session of the Oregon Senate adjourned Sine Die on July 7.  Please see the following information regarding measure filing deadlines and other dates:

Calendar for 2017 Regular Session dates and deadlines.

Session deadlines are specified in House Concurrent Resolution 17.

 Senate Rules, Protocol & Decorum

The Senate is governed by rules adopted by the members of the Senate. 

 

On January 9, 2017, the Rules of the Senate for the 79th Legislative Assembly were adopted, with amendments adopted on July 6, 2017. The current Rules are available by clicking here.

 

Likewise, each Senate committee is governed by rules adopted by members of the committee.

 

Certain rules of protocol and decorum guide the Senate's business during session.  Please see the Senate's Guide to Protocol and Decorum.

 Honorary Page Program

​​The Senate welcomes Honorary Pages from throughout Oregon to assist the Senate during session.  The Senate's Honorary Page Program is available to those 12-years-old and over and operates during the long legislative session in odd-numbered years.

Click here for 2017 Honorary Page Program information and application.

 Learning the Legislative Process

​There are many words and terms unique to the legislative process.  To learn more, please visit the Legislative Glossary.

In addition, for those learning about the legislative process in Oregon, please see our short video explaining the basics.

 Links of Interest

​Oregon State Capitol Foundation​Link to the organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Oregon State Capitol.
National Conference of State Legislatures​Link to the organization of state lawmakers and staff.
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries​Link to the organization of state legislative parliamentarians.

 

 Oregon's Historic Senate Chamber

 The Secretary of the Senate's Office is the guardian of Oregon's historic Senate Chamber.  The Senate Chamber is a unique treasure within Oregon's State Capitol.  For those interested in Oregon's historic Senate Chamber, please see the following:

Senate Chamber Photo Gallery

Capitol Names: Historic Names Inscribed Above the Senate Chamber

Video: Tour of the Senate Chamber

Historic Senate Seating Chart - Listing Members Since 1939

Senate Seating Chart - 2017 Session of the 79th Assembly

 History and the Oregon State Senate

Oregon has a citizen legislature, and for over 150 years citizens from throughout Oregon have served in the State Senate.  Please join us as we share the history of the Oregon State Senate, the Legislature, and the State Capitol.

Video: 1935 Oregon State Capitol Fire

Video: Oral History - Three Pieces of Advice

Video: Memorial for Sen. Debbs Potts - February 2, 2004

Video: Senate Rooms Honoring Historic Figures

Photo Gallery:  Senate History Rooms

Senate History Rooms - Self-Guided Tour Information

Restoration of Dr. McLoughlin's Statue Outside Senate Wing

 Featured Senate Chamber Photograph

This photo depicts the main entrance to the Senate Chamber.

The double doors outside the Senate are closed 15 minutes prior to convening and opened 15 minutes after adjournment.

The doors remain closed while the Senate is in session. An exception is upon Sine Die adjournment, when the Senate and House typically open their chamber doors so the President and Speaker can drop the final gavel simultaneously.           

 

 Staff

Cyndy Johnston

Deputy Secretary of the Senate

Cynthia.A.Johnston@oregonlegislature.gov

​Britton Taylor

Measure & Agenda Coordinator

Britton.M.Taylor@oregonlegislature.gov

James Goulding

Reading & Journal Clerk

James.Goulding@oregonlegislature.gov 

Suellen Scott

Measure Liaison

Suellen.Scott@oregonlegislature.gov

Glenda Nabors

Assistant to the Secretary

Glenda.Nabors@oregonlegislature.gov

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Oregon Legislative Information System

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