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Pint-size boy helps governor with bill signing

Sen. Shemia Fagan's son has gotten an early introduction to politics. He spoke at a Senate hearing on Senate Bill 608, a rent control bill, and flanked the governor when she signed the bill Thursday.

PARIS ACHEN/OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - Gov. Kate Brown holds up signed copies of the nation's first statewide rent control law, with Sen. Shemia Fagan's 6-year-old son at, Alton Fagan Mau-Ghan, at her side.Sen. Shemia Fagan's 6-year-old son, Alton, is getting an early introduction to politics.

The little, blonde heartbreaker wore a tailored gray suit and posed with the governor Thursday when she signed the nation's first statewide rent control bill, of which Fagan was one of several sponsors.

But he was a little shy at first.

"Come closer, said Gov. Kate Brown. "I promise I won't bite, not today."

Later, she asked him if he got a new suit for this event to which he nodded.

Alton also spoke during a Senate hearing on the legislation, Senate Bill 608.

Another little girl also was at the signing in Brown's ceremonial office at the Oregon Capitol.

"I like your skirt," the governor said to her.

"It's not a skirt; it's a dress," she replied.