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Oregon House names acting chief clerk

Washington state official was educated in Salem.


Timothy Sekerak will return to Oregon as acting chief clerk of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Sekerak, who has been counsel to the Washington House of Representatives for the past 13 years, will start his new position on Sept. 15.

He will succeed Ramona Kenady Line, who resigned May 16 after 29 years as chief clerk and 42 years in the office. Line was alleged to have lobbied in 2007 for passage of an amendment to a bill; House rules bar lobbying by nonpartisan legislative staffers.

The chief clerk is the administrative officer of the House and keeps tabs on the flow of legislation and records of House proceedings. The clerk also supervises staff in the chamber during House sessions. The position is “acting” because the full House elects the clerk; the 2015 legislative session opens Jan. 14.

“Tim has a background providing fair, impartial guidance to lawmakers, he has a passion for public service and good government, and a strong understanding of legislative process,” says House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland. “During a thorough and wide ranging hiring process, he impressed everyone he met.”

Kotek made the announcement Friday.

Kotek was one of six representatives on the selection team. Others were Reps. Bill Kennemer, R-Oregon City; Betty Komp, D-Woodburn; Nancy Nathanson, D-Eugene; Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, and Gail Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls. Comments were solicited from the Democratic and Republican staffs.

His new salary wasn’t immediately available. A website listed his total compensation in his Washington state job at $110,523 in 2011.

Before he worked in the Washington House, Sekerak was a staff attorney for the Washington Senate and an attorney for the Washington Department of Revenue. He also worked at a Portland law firm.

Sekerak earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Willamette University. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science, with an emphasis on philosophy and economics, in 1987. His law degree came in 1992.

He graduated from South Salem High School in 1983.

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