Oregon Senate gets administrative officer
Legislative veteran starts work Thursday.
Lori Brocker will start Thursday as secretary of the Oregon Senate, the chambers chief administrative officer.
Her appointment was announced three months ago by Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, after her selection by a bipartisan panel.
She succeeds Robert Taylor, who resigned after three years to become deputy secretary of state.
Like her counterpart in the House, known as the chief clerk, the secretary of the Senate keeps track of the flow of legislation and records of chamber proceedings. The secretary also supervises the floor staff during Senate sessions.
The position is technically elected by the Senate. The Senate will vote on Brocker's nomination on Sept. 17, when it has its quarterly meeting to confirm executive appointments by the governor.
Others involved in Brocker's selection were Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland; Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli of John Day; Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, the Senate president pro tem, and Sens. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, and Jackie Winters, R-Salem.
The House will get a new acting chief clerk on Sept. 15.
Brocker is no stranger to the Capitol.
She was administrator of the Senate Rules Committee in 2013, administrator of the Senate committees on redistricting and veterans and military affairs in 2011, and administrator of the Senate Consumer Protection and Public Affairs Committee in 2009 and 2010.
Administrators do the scheduling and other staff work for legislative committees.
She also was director of governmental affairs and legal counsel for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
She was a lawyer in Portland for Davis Wright Tremaine for seven years.
She earned a bachelors degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1980. She also earned a masters degree of divinity from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and her law degree from New York University.
She is a former president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She also has been associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, N.Y.