Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned effective Wednesday, Feb. 18, in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Kate Brown.
"I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon," he wrote in a statement released just after noon Friday.
Brown, also a Democrat, will be sworn in as Oregon's 37th governor, but the timing of that ceremony is uncertain.
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will become the first openly bisexual governor in U.S. history when Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) resigns Wednesday.
An open LGBT governor has never been elected, although New Jersey did have an openly gay governor briefly in 2004, after Gov. Jim McGreevey (D) came out as gay and admitted an affair with a man he had appointed to a key job. He resigned three months later. [source]