The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to confirm the appointment of former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to represent the state on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Bradbury said Wednesday that, if confirmed, he expected to take his place on the Council shortly after the New Year. In the Senate vote, 17 Democrats voted in favor of Bradbury’s confirmation, and 9 Republicans voted against.
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced the appointment of Bradbury to the Council on Sept. 1 with the intent of having it take effect Oct. 1. But political maneuvering resulted in Senate consideration of the appointment being shifted from Sept. 21 to Dec. 16.
Bradbury, a Democrat, served as Oregon’s secretary of state from 1999 to 2009. He previously served in the Oregon Legislature from 1981 to 1995.
In 1995 Bradbury resigned from the Legislature to head For the Sake of the Salmon, a non-profit organization that works with business owners and environmental groups, as well as public agencies, to find common ground on salmon restoration issues. He served as director of that group until becoming secretary of state.
Bradbury was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, but lost in the primary to former and current Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Bradbury will assume the position currently held by Melinda Eden, who has served on the Council since her appointment in 2003. Eden has carried out two full terms and agreed to serve until another appointee had been selected. Bradbury, if confirmed, would serve for the remainder of a three-year term that began Jan. 15, 2010, according to Kulongoski spokeswoman Anna Richter Taylor.
The other Oregon member is Joan Dukes of Astoria.