Tina Kotek is the House Speaker in the Oregon State Legislature. She has been a state representative since 2006.
Speaker Kotek began her public service career as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, working to eliminate hunger for every Oregonian. She went on to serve as the policy director for Children First for Oregon before being elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.
In her first term in the House, Kotek helped pass landmark legislation that ended discrimination based on sexual orientation and created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
In 2013, she became the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation.