2012 Betsy Close Sworn In as Senator

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Oregon State Capitol, Salem, OR - Republican Betsy Close was sworn in as Senator for District 8 on Friday, October 26, 2012. Senate President Peter Courtney presided over the ceremony and the oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Tom Balmer. Betsy's husband, Christopher, held the Bible that was used when the couple was married 40 years ago. Attending the ceremony were three of the four Close children, Betsy's 100-year-old mother, Ruth Willard of Spokane, Washington, and friends. Cake was served at a reception that followed. Close now fills the remaining two years of retiring Sen. Frank Morse's term.

Photos by Carolyn Webb
See article: Statesman Journal