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. With the departure of Sen. Ted Ferrioli at the end of the 2017 session, her colleagues selected her to fill the position of Republican Leader he had held for 13 years. She was first elected to the House in 1998; she won election to the Senate in 2002. She was unopposed for re-election to her fourth term in 2014. This year, however, she faces Democrat Deb Patterson.
As evidenced by the long list of awards and other types of recognition from a grateful community, she has never stopped her community leadership. She chaired Salem’s first million dollar United Way campaign, and has twice been awarded Salem’s Distinguished Service Award. She originated Oregon’s first food share program, and helped establish the Oregon NW Black Pioneers Association that raises money for student scholarships. She has also served on the Salem-Keizer Blue Ribbon Committee for Excellence in Education, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon College of Education Foundation, now the Western Oregon University Board of Trustees.
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