Oregon's Kate Brown — who, during a 2016 special election, became the nation's first out person elected governor — was reelected on Tuesday night, defeating GOP Rep. Knute Buehler.
Brown benefited from Oregon's strong Democratic base, where the party outnumbers Republicans by nearly 10 percentage points, according to The Oregonian. Though Buehler positioned himself as a moderate Republican, he couldn't overcome Brown's strong Democratic following.
Brown now joins Jared Polis — a gay congressman elected Colorado governor on Tuesday — as the country's two out governors.
Freedom for All Americans’ CEO, Masen Davis released the following statement:
“More LGBTQ Americans ran for office this year than ever before before -- and many are winning. It’s clear voters in Colorado and Oregon saw Jared Polis and Kate Brown not just as members of the LGBTQ community, but as strong and qualified candidates, with with the skills and ideas to successfully lead their states. But with their victories, Governor Brown and Rep. Polis have chipped away at barriers for thousands in the LGBTQ community who felt their voices were not heard and they had no seat at the table. Policy making is done best when all kinds of people are represented. Congratulations to both Jared Polis and Governor Kate Brown - we thank you for your commitment to ensuring LGBTQ Americans have a voice at the table.”