The Secretary of the Senate is an officer of the Senate and serves as the Senate's chief legislative officer 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.
The 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly organized on January 9, 2023.
The 2023 Regular Session of the Oregon Senate began on January 17, 2023 and adjourned sine die at 4:26 PM on June 25, 2023.
The 2024 Regular Session of the Oregon Senate began on February 5, 2024.
2024 Session Calendar is available by clicking here.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 202, establishing deadlines for the 2024 Session, was adopted by the legislature on February 5, 2024.
The Senate is governed by rules adopted by the members of the Senate.
On January 9, 2023, the Rules of the Senate for the 82nd Legislative Assembly were adopted. Amendments were adopted on June 24, 2023 and February 8, 2024.
The Senate Rules of the 82nd Assembly, as amended on June 24, 2023, and February 8, 2024, are available by clicking here.
A collection of documents and guides pertaining to procedures and protocols of the Oregon Senate.
2024 Procedure for filing LC drafts
Senate's Guide to Protocol and Decorum
There are many words and terms unique to the legislative process. To learn more, please visit the
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.
* Acting secretary/clerk. † Died in office, February 18, 1937.
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:
Current Senate Seating Chart
Senate Chamber Photo Gallery
Capitol Names: Historic Names Inscribed Above the Senate Chamber
Video: Tour of the Senate Chamber
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
Historic Senate Seating Chart - Listing Members Since 1939
Senate History Rooms - Self-Guided Tour Information
Restoration of Dr. McLoughlin's Statue Outside Senate Wing
The record of Senate action on the Governor's executive appointments and reappointments to boards, commissions and other positions requiring Senate confirmation.
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
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:
The Senate welcomes Honorary Pages from throughout Oregon to assist the Senate during session. The Senate's Honorary Page Program is for students 12-years-old and over. It is available during regular sessions of the Oregon Legislature.
Email at email@example.com for more information on participating during a upcoming convening of the Senate.