Oregon Representative Tina Kotek of Portland is set to be the next Speaker of the Oregon House. Her election to the Speakership will be official in January. Kotek is openly lesbian, and the first open lesbian to lead a state legislative chamber in the US. This comes after voters across the US elected their first openly gay US Senator, and a record number of LGB candidates to the US Congress. Gay men will also be controlling the House or Senate in Washington, California, Colorado and Rhode Island.