Today, State Senator Jackie Winters, R-Salem, announced that she has filed papers to run for re-election.
“I look forward to continuing my service to this community that I love. We have accomplished so much together, and I look forward to another 4 years of improving our community, and the state,” said Winters.
Winters has worked tirelessly to improve the economy and bring family-wage jobs to Salem and the surrounding communities, including advocating for job creation through the construction and expansion of Amazon and FedEx facilities at the Mill Creek Corporate Center.
As Co-Chair of the Public Safety Subcommittee, she helped pass legislation to lower prison costs while reducing crime and keeping the community safe. Her work to combat domestic violence and increase investments in Relief Nurseries has helped women and families throughout the state.
Winters served on the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization, and helped secure funding for infrastructure and maintenance projects in District 10, including a seismic retrofit project for Highway 22 and Center Street Bridge.
Winters was first elected in 1998 as the state representative for House District 31, the first African-American Republican to achieve this honor. She was re-elected to the office in 2000. In 2002, 2006, 2010, and again in 2014 she was elected as State Senator for District 10.
Winters first began her governmental service in 1969 under Gov. Tom McCall at the Office of Economic Opportunity. She was appointed the Ombudsman to the Governor in 1979 by Gov. Victor Atiyeh. She helped to create the Oregon Food Share Program which has since grown to include a statewide system of food banks serving Oregon’s neediest families.
Winters has lived in Salem for 46 years.