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Robert L. Taylor
Secretary of the Senate
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 parliamentarian and administrator. 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, during the interim, the Secretary of the Senate's Office assists the Senate with the confirmation of executive appointments.

 

​​The Senate is governed by rules adopted by the members of the Senate. Please see the Rules of the Senate.

 

Likewise, each Senate committee is governed by rules adopted by members of the committee. Please see the Senate Model Committee Rules.

 

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

​​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.

Please see the Honorary Page Information Page.

 

​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.

 

​​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 Seating Chart - Current Members

Senate Seating Chart - Listing Members Since 1939

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: Oregon State Capitol Fire - April 25, 1935

VIDEO: Senate Rooms Honoring Historic Figures

VIDEO: Oral History - Three Pieces of Advice

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


      Cyndy Johnston
      Deputy Secretary of the Senate
      cynthia.a.johnston@state.or.us

      Britton Taylor
      Measure & Agenda Coordinator
      britton.m.taylor@state.or.us

      Suellen Scott
      Measure Liaison
      suellen.scott@state.or.us

      James Goulding
      Reading & Journal Clerk
      james.goulding@state.or.us

      Glenda Nabors
      Assistant to the Secretary
      glenda.nabors@state.or.us

 

Oregon Legislative Information System

​Streamlined access to current and past legislative sessions.

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:

Water & Wolf Tour in Wallowa County