Ellen Rosenblum, 62, of Portland, a former Oregon Court of Appeals judge, has been named interim attorney general.Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is giving Democrat Ellen Rosenblum an early taste of what it's like to be state attorney general. Kitzhaber named Rosenblum Wednesday as the interim replacement for Attorney General John Kroger who is leaving office on June 29.
Rosenblum, 62, will be sworn in the same day, according to a statement from the governor's office.
With the interim appointment she becomes Oregon's first woman attorney general. Rosenblum is a longtime state judge who easily won the Democratic primary last month beating Dwight Holton, a former federal prosecutor.
“This is a historic moment. Throughout her career, Ellen has been an advocate for the people of Oregon,” Kitzhaber said. “She brings over three decades of legal experience as a lawyer, trial judge and appellate judge and is ready to get to work on day one.”
Republicans did not field a primary candidate in the attorney general's race. But the GOP did mount a last-minute write-in campaign.
A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State said Tuesday that elections officials are still processing those write-in votes. They have until late next week to certify the official results and end the mystery of who may be the GOP candidate.
One thing is clear, Rosenblum will stand for election in November and will keep the title if she wins.
During the primary campaign, she promised to be an attorney general who looks out for children and the elderly.
Rosenblum also vowed to de-emphasize prosecution of minor marijuana possession cases. That drew her strong financial support for her campaign from marijuana legalization advocates.
A University of Oregon law school graduate, Rosenblum spent 22 years as a state court judge. She served as an Oregon Court of Appeals judge from 2005 to 2011.
Kroger is quitting early to become president of Reed College in Portland.