Published: January 15. 2013 4:00AM PST
Newly elected state senators — including Tim Knopp, R-Bend, center — are sworn in as the 77th Oregon Legislature convenes in Salem on Monday. Thirty senators and 60 representatives took the oath of office, and Gov. John Kitzhaber delivered his annual “State of the State" address to a joint session of the House and Senate.
Lawmakers adopted rules and elected leaders but won’t formally begin the legislative session until Feb. 4.
Democrats took control of the House with a 34-26 majority after two years sharing power with Republicans. Rep. Tina Kotek, of Portland, was elected speaker, becoming the first lesbian to lead a state legislative chamber in the United States. Democrats also retained control of the Senate with a slight 16-14 edge. Sen. Peter Courtney, of Salem, was elected to a sixth term as Senate president.
Don Ryan / The Associated Press