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The Oregonian: Former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski takes teaching position at Portland State University
Author: Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian
Posted: March 28, 2012

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Former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski will be going to back to work next month when he begins teaching at Portland State University.

The school said Tuesday that Kulongoski will join the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at the university as a Distinguished Fellow of Policy and Politics.

The former governor will co-teach a class in the spring and develop his own political science class for the fall.  He will also speak in other classes and participate in programs put on by PSU's Center for Public Service.

Kulongoski, 71, follows in the footsteps of former Gov. Barbara Roberts, former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse and former Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury in being affiliated with the Hatfield Center.

"I know he has thought a long time about what he wanted to do" after leaving the governorship, said Ronald Tammen, director of the Hatfield school.

Recently, "he came to us and said he's available," Tammen added.  "So I jumped on it."

Kulongoski, a Democrat, was governor from 2003 until the start of 2011.  He also served as a state Supreme Court justice, attorney general, state insurance commissioner and legislator.  More recently he has served on Gov. John Kitzhaber's Public Safety Commission, which is looking at the state's sentencing laws.

In a statement released by the school, Kulongoski said his new post "is a wonderful opportunity to share what I have learned, after 40 years of public service, about politics, policy and governance in Oregon."