Frequently Asked Questions
- How many windows are
in the Capitol?
There are 354 windows in the Capitol.
- How many people work
in the Capitol?
There are about 350 employees during the interim and 750 employees
- Why is the state seal
The seal is roped off out of respect for the symbol and to
- How many steps to the
There are 121 steps up to the Gold Man.
- Who is the Gold Man?
The Gold Man is not anybody in particular. He represents the
pioneers who settled our area.
- How much does he weigh
and how tall is he?
The Gold Man is 8.5 tons and is 23 feet tall!
- Why are there stars on
the Rotunda's ceiling?
There are 33 stars on the ceiling to represent the fact that
Oregon was the 33rd state admitted to the Union.
- What does the chamber
In the Senate, the wheat represents the agricultural
industry in Oregon and the Chinook Salmon is the state fish. In the House,
the Douglas Fir is the state tree.
- What are the plaques
on the members' desks?
Each desk has a plaque with the name of every member who sat
at that desk. At the beginning of each session, the members choose where they
sit. They don't have to be at a certain desk unless they hold a leadership
position. Because of that, there are some members who have their name on several
- Do I have a legislator?
Everybody has one Representative and one Senator. If you'd
like to find out who represents you, check out the "Find
Your Legislator" link.
- Who stands at the
big desk or podium (in the chambers)
In the Senate, the Senate President stands at the podium and in the House,
the Speaker is at the podium.
- Is the state seal gold?
The state seal is not gold, but a highly polished bronze. Another interesting
fact is that the seal and the Gold Man were both designed by the same artist,
- When was the Capitol
This Capitol was completed in 1938. We've actually had two other Capitols
that were destroyed by fires.
- Is the Gold Man
The Gold Man really is covered in gold...about 11.83 ounces of gold leaf.
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