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Kate Brown Tells Reporters She Wants To 'Put My Own Imprint On Oregon.'

Chris Lehman

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports from Salem.

Governor Kate Brown didn't have solid answers for many of the questions lobbed at her by the room full of reporters, saying she's still getting oriented. The Democrat ascended from Secretary of State to Governor when John Kitzhaber resigned this week amid a pair of criminal ethics investigations.

Kate Brown: "This has definitely been a bittersweet moment for me. I really respected Governor Kitzhaber's leadership. I'm also excited about having an opportunity to put my own imprint on Oregon."

Brown did say she's extending at least one of Kitzhaber's policies: She'll continue a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in Oregon. She also spoke in favor of raising the statewide minimum wage. Another priority for her is to improve high school graduation rates and lower class sizes.

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