Jeanne P. Atkins
Secretary of State (2015-Present)
Jeanne P. Atkins is Oregon’s 25th Secretary of State. She was sworn in as Secretary of State on March 11, 2015. Gov. Kate Brown appointed her to fill the vacancy left when Brown became Oregon’s 38th governor.
A veteran state administrator, Congressional staffer and women’s rights advocate, Jeanne is a committed public servant who’s spent her entire career in public service and non-profit organizations. Secretary Atkins, 65, retired in January 2015 from the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., where she served as state director since 2009. Previously, she was chief of staff for the Oregon Speaker of the House of Representatives. Jeanne’s service to Oregonians also includes stints as top staffer for the Senate Democratic caucus; manager of the Women’s and Reproductive Health Section of the Department of Human Services’ Office of Family Health; and staff director in the Oregon Senate Majority Office. She ran for the Oregon House in 1992 and 1994.
During her nonprofit work, Jeanne focused on policy analysis and public affairs at organizations including the United Way of the Columbia/Willamette and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, where she did public affairs work, and, later oversaw seven clinics. Early in her career, Jeanne spent almost seven years in Washington, D.C., working in public policy. Throughout, her advocacy on behalf of women has been an unwavering theme.
At her swearing-in, Secretary Atkins emphasized her commitment to fulfilling the opportunity given her to protect and strengthen some of Oregonians’ deepest values: free and open elections, transparency in government, public access to Oregon history, and accountability by state agencies and offices.
State Treasurer (2010)
Ted Wheeler was appointed as Oregon State Treasurer in March 2010 by Governor Kulongoski. Previously, Wheeler had served as the chair and chief executive officer of the Multnomah County Commission. He has also worked as the manager and director of Copper Mountain Trust Financial Services Company, owned a small business, and been a college instructor. Among his community activities are the Friends of Forest Park, Portland Mountain Rescue, and Goose Hollow Family Shelter.
Wheeler attended Portland’s Lincoln High School, earned a BA degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.