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Still renowned for her Kansas City-style "Jackie's Ribs" barbeque, Senator Jackie Winters traces her government service all the way back to the administration of Gov. Tom McCall who hired her to his staff in 1969. Later, in 1979, Gov. Vic Atiyeh appointed her to be Ombudsman.
Since she celebrated her 80th birthday in 2017, Senator Winters describes herself as the "senior" member of the Marion County delegation at the State Capitol. She was first elected to the House in 1998; she won election to the Senate in 2002. In 2010 she won election to her third term as senator. She was unopposed for re-election in 2014. During the 2009 session, she sat as Vice-Chair on the Senate's Conduct Committee. She also sat on the Joint Ways and Means Committee; as a member she joined three sub-committees: Capital Construction and Information Technology; General Government, of which she was Co-Chair; and Human Services. For the interim she was appointed to the E-Board and sat on its Committee on Human Services. She also sat on the Senate's Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee. For the 2013 session, Sen. Winters again sat on the Joint Ways and Means Committee and on its sub-committee on Human Services and as Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Public Safety. She also served as Co-Chair of the regular Public Safety Committee.
For the 78th Legislative Session (2015-16), Sen. Winters was promoted to Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. She continued to serve on its Sub-Committees on Human Services and Public Safety as well as joining the Joint Committee on Audits.
The 79th Legislative Assembly affords her no time to slow down while serving on five committees. She continues to serve on Ways & Means and its two subcommittees as before and retains her leadership roles. She moves from the Joint Committee on Audits to the Senate Special Committee on Conduct and will join Marion County Republican Sen. Fred Girod on the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization.
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