SALEM, Oregon — State Senator Jackie Winters (R-Salem) was remembered Thursday by her colleagues in a memorial at the Oregon Capitol.
Winters died from cancer last month at the age of 82.
She was the first African American Republican elected to the legislature. Former Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) said she was a leader.
“Jackie always urged us to be our better selves,” Ferrioli added.
State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) said Winters put others first.
“The one thing about Jackie is that she took care of people and that is her life,” Knopp remarked.
Winters worked during this session to pass reforms of youth sentencing guidelines.
“We are naming the newly remodeled (Oregon) Youth Challenge Program campus in Bend in her honor,” Governor Kate Brown announced.
Brown said Winters was a natural born leader who always worked in the interest of her constituents and that her calm and gentle personality helped her to make great accomplishments.