U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) issued the following statement on the passing of State Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Salem)
“I am deeply saddened this week by the passing of my friend and former colleague Senator Jackie Winters, a pioneering lawmaker in Oregon whose significant contributions to her community will not be forgotten,” Schrader said.
“Jackie was a mentor to me when I first came to the Oregon State Legislature years ago. I was especially proud to be able to work with her at a time when friendship and camaraderie regularly crossed party lines. Her family’s story is an inspiration to everyone and exemplifies the unique opportunities that Oregon affords. She will be deeply missed,” Shcrader said.
Winters was the longest serving African American legislator in Oregon state history and the first African American to serve in the legislature as a Republican. From 2017-2019, she served as the Senate Minority Leader. She was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998 and to the Senate in 2002.
“Throughout her career, Winters was an advocate for criminal justice reform and the legislation she championed over her decades of service improved the lives of countless Oregonians,” the statement said.