Governor John Kitzhaber

Former Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Is Looking For Work

Mar 18, 2016

Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he wants a higher profile after staying quiet during what he calls a “painful year” following his resignation 13 months ago. 

Kitzhaber looked noticeably older but relaxed when meeting in a downtown Portland coffee shop.  In his first extended interview since his resignation, he says he’s spent a lot of time recovering.

“It’s been a tough year, it’s been a painful year.  I’ve obviously struggled with a feeling that I let down people who elected me and certainly was not my intention, “ Kitzhaber said.

It's been one year since Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber resigned. The Democrat stepped down last February amid an influence peddling investigation.

Newly released emails are shedding some light on John Kitzhaber's final days as Oregon governor. They're included in a batch of 15,000 emails released Thursday by current governor Kate Brown in response to public records requests.

Oregon Governor's Office

The Oregon Governor's office has released the first five-thousand of more than 12,000 emails archived from the private account of the state's disgraced former governor. An initial glimpse into the trove of emails adds nuance to the ethics scandal that drove Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber from office back in February.

Judge Rules Cylvia Hayes Was A Public Official, Orders Release Of Emails

Aug 5, 2015

A judge Wednesday ruled former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes was a public official and must hand over emails to the court for review.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.


Top Oregon Democrats are calling on Governor John Kitzhaber to resign. The request comes as the governor faces intense pressure and an ethics investigation.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network


Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has until January 12 to put the finishing touches on his inaugural address. But writing the speech should be old hat to the governor.

He's done it three times already.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon's Ethics Commission is officially looking into actions taken by Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

The panel met Friday for the first time since questions were raised last month about whether Hayes used her title for personal gain.