Politics & Government

Longtime Wash state House legal counsel wins promotion to chief clerk of Oregon House

Tim Sekerak, lawyer for the Washington state House the past 13 years, is leaving Olympia soon for a job as chief clerk for the Oregon House.

Sekerak, 49, is heading for Salem, the town where he attended high school and earned undergraduate and law degrees at Willamette University.

“The details are still coming together. I will be responsible for things in both places up until the middle of October,’’ Sekerak said Friday. “I stayed 13 years in this position because I love the nonpartisan institutional issues and working with members about ethics and things about doing their jobs … That’s probably why it’s been 13 and not shorter. I enjoyed it enormously.’’

Before taking over the legal counsel job, Sekerak served four years as legislative coordinator for the Department of Revenue, four years on the staff of the Senate Republican Caucus and years ago was legislative assistant for Sen. Pam Roach. Before that he interned with the Oregon Senate.

Barbara Baker, chief clerk of the Washington House, announced the pending departure in an email to staff this week in which she said Sekerak snagged “one of the best jobs in state government.”

A recruitment to replace him will occur later.