Governor to wed political couple
Never let it be said that Gov. Kate Brown doesn't know how to count votes.
Next July, she'll officiate at the wedding of State Rep. Sheri Malstrom of Beaverton and Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten.
Rumor has it, when Brown gets to the "do you take...?" part of the ceremony, the resolution will pass unanimously.
Schouten, a longtime county office-holder, proposed to rookie lawmaker Malstrom on the House floor at the Capitol on July 7 of this year. Their wedding is set for July 7, 2018.
"Yes, it's going to be the governor, barring anything unforeseen in politics," Malstrom told The Times on Monday, then paused. "I suppose we better get a backup."
Actually, the date likely is safe: The 2018 Legislature will have adjourned well before the wedding date. And this isn't a governor famous from her post-session vetoes.
"It was Dick's idea to ask her," Malstrom said. "They're old friends."
The couple plan to wed at the Jenkins Estate in Beaverton.
"Then, we'll be moving into my house," she added, "because I live in his district but he doesn't live in mine."
Beyond the officiate coming from Mahonia Hall, the guest list is starting to look like a who's who of Oregon elected officials, Malstrom said. "I suppose we'll have to set a rule: no political discussions at the wedding."