Rep. Cannon to join Gov. Kitzhaber's staff

Multnomah County Commission to pick replacement

Southeast Portland State Rep. Ben Cannon (D-46) will be resigning from the Oregon Legislature to become join Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber staff as Education Policy Advisor. The appointment is effective Sept. 6, 2010.

Cannon's replacement will be chosen by the Multnomah County Commission.

Kitzhaber made the announcement Tuesday, saying, 'Ben's passion and expertise on education policy will be a great asset to my office and the state. He'll bring the same dedication he has shown his constituents to implementing an education improvement agenda to ensure better results for Oregon students, more resources for teachers, and a more prosperous future.'

Cannon said, "Serving as State Representative has been the highest honor I have ever held, and this was an incredibly difficult decision for me. But I am convinced that to advise the Governor on education policy represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference on the same issues that drew me to teaching and politics in the first place. The achievements of the Governor and the Legislature this year have created a rare window of opportunity to make important improvements to the Oregon's public education system.'

Cannon teaches Humanities to middle school students at the Arbor School of Arts and Science. He will replace Nancy Golden, who returned to her position as Springfield Superintendant after the 2011 Legislative session.

Cannon holds graduate degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Comparative and International Education from Oxford University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University. He is a graduate of West Linn High School.