City/Region Digest.Byline: The Register-Guard
Kulongoski names two state officials
SALEM - Gov.-elect Ted Kulongoski Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski (born November 5 1940, in rural Missouri) is an American Democratic politician. Since 2003, he has served as the Governor of Oregon. He was re-elected in 2006. on Thursday named two veteran state officials to major department head positions in his incoming administration.
Gary Weeks will be director of the Department of Administrative Services, among the high-level posts he previously has held.
Kulongoski appointed Jean Thorne, director of the state's Medicaid Medicaid, national health insurance program in the United States for low-income persons; established in 1965 with passage of the Social Security Amendments and now run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. program and a former adviser to outgoing Gov. John Kitzhaber John Albert Kitzhaber (born March 5 1947 in Colfax, Washington) is a physician, member of the Democratic Party and former two term Governor of Oregon. He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1965, Dartmouth College in 1969, and then Oregon Health & Science University with a , to head the Human Services Department. The agency is the state's largest, taking in a number of health and social aid programs.
Weeks also is a former director of Human Services Department and a past head of the Oregon Lottery The Oregon Lottery is run by the State of Oregon. History
The present-day Oregon Lottery was enabled by an amendment to the Oregon Constitution approved by voters in the 1984 general election. . Most recently he has been director of human services reform for the Casey Strategic Consulting Group, part of a private Maryland Maryland (mâr`ələnd), one of the Middle Atlantic states of the United States. It is bounded by Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean (E), the District of Columbia (S), Virginia and West Virginia (S, W), and Pennsylvania (N). foundation.
Both appointments require Senate approval.
Kulongoski named Thorne acting Human Services director as of Jan. 1, pending Senate action on her permanent appointment, to replace Bobbie Mink, who is retiring on Dec. 31.
Kulongoski takes office on Jan. 13.