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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. ​

 2019-20 Interim Calendar

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The 80th Oregon Legislative Assembly organized on January 14, 2019.

The 2020 Regular Session of the Oregon Senate convened on February 3, and adjourned sine die on March 8, 2020.  Please see the following calendar for the current interim.

The First Special Session of 2020 convened on June 24, and adjourned sine die June 26.  The Second Special Session of 2020 convened August 10 and adjourned sine die the same day.

Click here for the 2019-20 Interim Calendar.

The rule of proceeding, establishing filing deadlines for the next session, was adopted in HCR 212 during the 2020 First Special Session.

Click here for HCR 212.

 Senate Rules, Protocol & Decorum

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

 

On January 14, 2019, the Rules of the Senate for the 80th Legislative Assembly were adopted. Amendments were adopted on June 30, 2019 and February 4, 2020.  The current Rules are available by clicking here.

 

On August 10, 2020, the Rules of the Second Special Session of 2020 were adopted.  The Rules were only in effect until Sine Die of the Second Special Session, which occurred at 10:19 PM, on August 10.  Second Special Session Rules are available by clicking here.

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.

The 2019 Senate Honorary Page Program has concluded. 

Contact the Office of the Secretary of the Senate for more information on participation in the Senate Honorary Page Program in future sessions.

 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.



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Note: Title of "Chief Clerk of the Senate" was changed to "Secretary of the Senate" in 1963.

  
  
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George Carpenter1858 
E. E. Haft1859 
J. C. Peebles1860 
Samuel A. Clarke1862 
E.P. Henderson1864 
J.C. Peebles1865-1866 
J.M. Simpson1868 
Sylvester Simpson1870-1878 
J.C. Peebles1880 
Austin Mires1882 
J. W. Strange1885 
E. G. Hursh1887 
John H. Shupe1889 
O. P. Miller1891-1893 
Walter Sinclair1895 
S. L. Moorhead1897-1905 
Frank S. Grant1907 
William H. Barry1909 
E. H. Flagg1911 
John W. Cochran1913-1919 
John P. Hunt1921-1937† 
Elizabeth J. Glatt1937* 
Zylpha-Zell Burns1939-1959 
Carl H. Cover1959 (1 month) 
Meda Cole1959-1963 
Dale Henderson1963 
Cecil L. Edwards1965-1975 
Maribel Cadmus1977-1987 
Donna Merrill1989-1993 
Judy M. Hall1995-2011 
Robert L. Taylor2011-2014 
Cynthia Johnston2014* 
Lori L. Brocker2014-Present 
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*  Acting secretary/clerk. 
†  Died in office, February 18, 1937.

 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

 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

Britton Taylor

Deputy Secretary of the Senate

Britton.M.Taylor@oregonlegislature.gov

James Goulding

Publications Coordinator

James.Goulding@oregonlegislature.gov

Glenda Nabors

Assistant to the Secretary

Glenda.Nabors@oregonlegislature.gov

Matthew Hale

Reading Clerk

Matthew.Hale@oregonlegislature.gov

Suellen Scott

Measure Liaison

Suellen.Scott@oregonlegislature.gov

Cyndy Johnston

Sergeant At Arms

Cyndy.Johnston@oregonlegislature.gov

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 OLIS

Oregon Legislative Information System

​Streamlined access to current and past legislative sessions.

 Fact-Finding Missions

Under Senate Rule 14.15, Senators may participate in officially sanctioned fact-finding missions to learn about important issues.

Please see the Fact-Finding Mission Application & Approval Form.

The following documents include information about approved fact-finding missions:

  
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Fujian-Oregon Relations and Economic Developement 2019 
Idaho Power Dams Tour 2019 
OFRI Forest Restoration Tour 2019 
Oregon Coast Economic Summit 2019 
AG-PAC Forestry Tour 2018 
Mass Timber Buildings Tour 2018 
NCSL Israel Study Tour 2018 
Northeastern Oregon Ag Blast Tour 2018 
Oregon Coast Economic Summit 2018 
Panel Discussion on Cap & Trade 2018 
Social Determinants of Health & Social Programs 2018 
Climate Policy Fact-Finding 2017 
Mass Timber Buildings Tour 2017 
APEC Ag and Forestry Tour 2016 
Livestock Production Tour 2016 
OFRI Timber Harvest Tour 2016 
Oregon Coast Economic Summit 2016 
Oregon Legislative Trade Mission to China 2016 
Oregon Coast Economic Summit 2015 
Oregon Legislative Trade Mission to China 2015 
Internet State Policy Conference 2014 
Oregon Coast Economic Summit 2014 
Silvies Valley Ranch 2014 
Tour of Port of Coos Bay 2014 
Oregon Coast Economic Summit 2013 
Southern Oregon Fire Season 2013 Tour 
Water & Wolf Tour in Wallowa County 2013