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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 & Deadlines


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

The 2019 Regular Session of the Oregon Senate adjourned Sine Die on June 30, 2019.  Please see the following calendar regarding interim deadlines:

Calendar for 2019-2020 Interim dates and deadlines.

Rule of proceeding for 2019 Legislative Session was specified in House Concurrent Resolution 19, which was adopted on January 14.

 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.  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.

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.


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

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 

*  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.           



Britton Taylor

Deputy Secretary of the Senate

James Goulding

Publications Coordinator 

Glenda Nabors

Assistant to the Secretary


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