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Oregon's next governor celebrates the state's 156th birthday

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Oregon's Governor-to-be Kate Brown Oregon's Governor-to-be Kate Brown

Oregon's governor-to-be Kate Brown was swarmed by media and well-wishers when she entered the Oregon Historical Society to celebrate the state's 156th birthday.

It was Brown's first official appearance since Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation amid an ethics scandal, followed by news of a federal criminal investigation.

Brown was flanked by former Govs. Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski as she listed the state's many attributes, and then said "our task, our challenge is to make sure we keep Oregon the very special place that it is." Brown left the event without speaking about the new job she will take on Wednesday.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, whose agency is investigating the governor alongside federal prosecutors, told a reporter "this is obviously a bittersweet day."

She says she wants to celebrate Oregon's birthday but said "the juxtaposition does not go unnoticed."

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