His resignation, effective on Wednesday, February 18, came amid the controversy surrounding his office and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes.
Hayes, appeared to have received an undisclosed consulting fee of $118,000 in 2011 and 2012 from Clean Economy Development Center while working as a consultant on energy matters in the governor’s office.
He will be replaced by Secretary of State Kate Brown, the soon-to-be first openly bisexual governor.
“In the aftermath of those revelations, Kitzhaber promised that Hayes would no longer have a policy role in his office. Nevertheless, calls grew from both sides of the political aisle for him to step down, as well as from the state’s flagship newspaper, the Oregonian, which endorsed his re-election bid last year.”