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Oregon Swears In First Female Attorney General

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon has its first female Attorney General. Democrat Ellen Rosenblum was sworn into office Friday. She replaces John Kroger who stepped down earlier this month to become president of Reed College.

Rosenblum is a former federal prosecutor and retired judge.

“I’ve spent the last 36 years preparing for this job,” she says. “I’m ready to take this on and to hit the ground running.”

In her new position, Rosenblum says she hopes to be a voice for Oregon’s children, families and seniors. Her appointment coincides with the 100 year anniversary of women in Oregon receiving the right to vote.

Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Rosenblum to fill the vacant role.

“It’s important to be clear that I didn’t appoint her to this position because she was a woman,” Kitzhaber says. “But because she is clearly the most qualified person to be Oregon’s top lawyer.”

In order for Rosenblum to keep the position of Attorney General, she’ll need to win election this November. She faces Republican write-in candidate James Buchal , a Portland attorney.

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