Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber: How we got here – OregonLive.com
Here’s a look back at key points in Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s career, and some of the twists and turns in the current controversy surrounding the governor and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes:
2002 – Kitzhaber meets and provides political counsel to Cylvia Hayes during her run for Oregon House of Representatives. She loses by 2 to 1 ratio to Ben Westlund, R-Bend.
7/2003 – Hayes forms nonprofit Earth Connections in Bend, publishing a building green directory, organizing sustainability events in Central Oregon. The business is later renamed 3E Strategies.2003 – Kitzhaber divorces his wife Sharon and begins dating Hayes.
2005 – Kitzhaber is listed on the Board of Directors of Hayes‘ non-profit.
2006 – Hayes appointed by former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski to co-chair his Renewable Energy Working Group.
2007- 3E Strategies starts marketing “Energy and Climate Outreach” and consulting services.
2009 – Hayes formally shifts 3E Strategies from nonprofit to for-profit company.
2009 – Kitzhaber announces plan to run for governor again. He previously served two terms: From 1995 to 1999, and from 1999 to 2003.
2009 – Officials at Oregon Department of Energy steer $60,000 slice of a $200,000 consulting contract to Hayes, though her firm finished last among four bidders.
2010 – Hayes develops proposal for the governors of Oregon, Washington and California to jointly work on climate initiatives. Each state contributes $50,000 and Hayes seeks grants from Center for State Innovation and Rural Development Initiatives to sponsor it.
8/2010 – Oregon DOJ launches investigation into whether ODOE officials improperly awarded contract to Hayes firm. In the end, DOJ says it lacks legal grounds to file a suit. Hayes denies any wrongdoing.
2011 – Hayes campaigns alongside Kitzhaber in his run for governor. Hayes quickly becomes familiar presence in governor’s office, while continuing consulting work and using the title of first lady when making appearances on behalf of her clients. She uses state employees to help coordinate her private business.
10/2011 Hayes appointed to team responsible for writing his 10-year energy plan.
2/2013 Hayes signs consulting contract with Resource Media for speaking events
4/2013 Hayes and Kitzhaber take controversial trip to Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for conference on Gross National Happiness.
5/2013 Hayes signs $40,000 contract with Energy Foundation to speak on the clean energy economy
6/2013 Hayes under contract with Demos, a New York advocacy group, to push for a new economic measure called the Genuine Progress Indicator.
2013 and 2014: Hayes works directly with top state officials to establish Oregon Genuine Progress Indicator.
8/4/2014 Kitzhaber announces engagement to Hayes.
8/2014 Hayes files conflict of interest disclosures regarding her private contracts.
10/8/2014 Kitzhaber denies reports that he improperly handled ethical issues surrounding his fiancée’s dual role as first lady and as a consultant with various paid contracts. A story in Willamette Week claims that Hayes may have used her public position and resources to gain personally.
10/9/2014 Hayes apologizes and admits to making a “serious mistake by committing an illegal act” when she married an 18-year-old Ethiopian national to help him secure residency in the United States. She appears at a news conference without Kitzhaber, saying she takes responsibility for the 1997 sham marriage.
10/13/2014 Hayes releases a statement on a report that she participated in a deal to buy land in a remote part of Washington in 1997 to grow marijuana. Sources say Hayes, not her boyfriend, ran the operation.
10/13/2014 Kitzhaber’s office requests review of private contracts and Hayes role by Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
11/4/2014 Kitzhaber elected to a historic fourth term as governor, gives his victory speech without Hayes.
11/2014 Oregon Government Ethics commission opens investigations into conflicts of interest for Hayes.
12/2014 Lawyers for Kitzhaber and Hayes claim Ethics Commission has no jurisdiction over Hayes as she is not a public official, despite office, desk and computer at the capitol, attending staff meetings, etc.
12/12/14 Newly released documents illustrate how at times Hayes’ private work as a paid environmental consultant overlapped with her public work as first lady and adviser to Kitzhaber. Records also show state staffers tended pets and helped make arrangements for private work and activities.
1/12/15 Kitzhaber is sworn in for a record-setting fourth term with Hayes at his side, one of the few public appearances she made since the election. FBI rumored to be investigating Hayes.
1/28/15 Hayes confirms she collected $118,000 in previously undisclosed payments in 2011 and 2012 from Clean Economy Development Center of Washington, D.C., while she was advising the governor on clean energy policy.
1/30/15 In a news conference, Kitzhaber addresses questions about Hayes, saying she will have no policy or political role in his office through the end of his fourth term.
2/3/15 The Oregonian/OregonLive learns that two longtime associates of Kitzhaber helped create jobs for Hayes with groups hoping to influence Oregon’s state energy policy.
2/4/15 The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial board calls for Kitzhaber’s resignation amid the controversy, saying, “it should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that he can no longer serve effectively as governor.”
2/5/15 Several Republican legislators, including Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli of John Day and Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, call for Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to investigate Kitzhaber and Hayes.
2/6/15 A newly released batch of emails show Cylvia Hayes directed state employees how to implement a new policy — the Genuine Progress Indicator — while she was being paid $25,000 by an advocacy group — New York-based Demos — to promote it.
Secretary of State Kate Brown refuses to accept two proposed recall petitions aimed at Gov. John Kitzhaber, saying they can’t be filed until he’s served six months of his new term in office.
2/8/15 Lawyers for Kitzhaber and Hayes claim in a filing that the Oregon Government Ethics Commission does not have jurisdiction over her despite her role as first lady, arguing that she is not a public official, not a state employee, and performed no services on behalf of the government.
2/9/15 Kitzhaber asks Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to conduct a “full and independent factual review” of issues surrounding his office’s handling of Hayes’ contracts. Rosenblum quickly responds, saying she has already opened a criminal investigation. (The ethics commission follows by putting its investigation on hold as statute requires.) Hayes hires lawyers to handle tax allegations.
2/10/15 Senate President Peter Courtney meets with Kitzhaber. He leaves that meeting convinced Kitzhaber will resign. Secretary of State Kate Brown says she receives a call from Kitzhaber, asking her to return to the state from the national conference she is attending.
2/11/15 Brown’s abrupt return sets off rumors that she was preparing to succeed Kitzhaber as governor. Kitzhaber issues a statement that he has “no intention of resigning as Governor of the state of Oregon.” He hires criminal defense attorney Janet Hoffman.
2/12/15 Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Senate President Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek all say Kitzhaber should resign. Brown releases a statement that says Kitzhaber summoned her back to Oregon, then asked her why she came back early. She calls the situation “bizarre.” As of Thursday evening, Kitzhaber was hunkered down outside of the public eye.
2/13/15 Shortly before noon, Kitzhaber releases a statement resigning as governor.