WUCL Graduate Named Governor's Chief of Staff

Patrick S. Egan, a 2000 graduate of the College of Law, has been appointed chief of staff to Governor Ted Kulongoski. Egan has a long history of service in Oregon state government. He served as state affairs manager of the Port of Portland for two years and as the governor's director of legislation and transportation policy during the 2003 legislative session. Egan also served Governor Kitzhaber for three years as assistant to the chief of staff and legislative director.

"Pat Egan has long been involved in shaping Oregon policy," Governor Kulongoski said in a press release announcing the appointment. "This position requires a person who has the ability to reach out to citizens to make their government more efficient and available to them. Pat's experience in the public and private sectors will allow him to do just that."

As chief of staff, Egan will oversee the day-to-day operations of the governor's office, including implementation of Gov. Kulongoski's policy and budget agendas. He also is responsible for coordinating intergovernmental relations among the governor's office, state agencies and the federal government, including Oregon's congressional delegation.

"This is a highly intense position — there are no down days," Egan said. "I try to be as anticipatory as possible about what issues might come up and then help craft legislation to solve those problems. I try to be proactive, rather than just reactionary."

Egan added that the best part of his job is working with legislators and directors of state agencies to put together effective solutions for the people of Oregon. "I didn’t take this job for any glory," he said. "I want to help make the lives of Oregonians better. That's what public service is all about."