Jackie Winters

Jackie Winters
Senator Jackie Winters 3 (3).jpg
Minority Leader of the Oregon Senate
In office
November 15, 2017 – January 22, 2019
Preceded byTed Ferrioli
Succeeded byHerman Baertschiger Jr.
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2003
Preceded byAvel Gordly
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 31st district
In office
January 13, 1999 – January 13, 2003
Preceded byBryan Johnston
Succeeded byBetsy Johnson
Personal details
Born (1937-04-15) April 15, 1937 (age 82)
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationPortland Community College
Oregon State University

Jackie Winters (born April 15, 1937)[1] is an American Republican politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. She currently serves as a state senator, representing the 10th district in Salem. She is the current Senate Minority Leader.

Early life

Jackie Winters began her lifelong interest in citizen involvement in public policy as she listened to her parents’ discussions around the table, first in Topeka, Kansas where she was born, and later in Portland, Oregon where her family moved in 1943. She attended Portland Public Schools and continued her education through the Oregon State University System’s Continuing Education coursework, with an emphasis on Intergovernmental Relations.

Winters (right) in 2016

She began her governmental service in 1959 at University of Oregon Medical School in the medical records unit and later joined the staff of the Portland Model Cities Program. In 1969 she was recruited to be supervisor of the Office of Economic Opportunity’s New Resources Program at the request of Governor Tom McCall. In 1979 she was appointed Ombudsman by Governor Victor Atiyeh. During this service, she helped create the Oregon Food Share Program, the first statewide non-profit food sharing network, which continues today serving most of Oregon’s neediest families.

In 1985, Winters opened her first Jackie’s Ribs restaurant, in Salem. Over time, she and her family expanded operations to include three restaurants, two franchises, catering services, private parties and numerous appearances in national Bar-B-Q Cook-offs.

Political career

Winters was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998, and became the first African-American Republican ever to serve in the Oregon Legislative Assembly.[2] She was re-elected to this office in 2000. Jackie Winters was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 2002. She won reelection in 2006, 2010 and again in 2014.

She ran for the U.S. Congress in 2004, losing in the Republican primary to Jim Zupancic, who went on to lose in the general election to incumbent Darlene Hooley.[3]

On November 15, 2017, Winters was elected as Senate Minority Leader to replace Ted Ferrioli. She became the first black legislative leader in the state.[4][5]

Legal dispute

In 2018, Winters and the Home Owners Association she serves on was sued for violating the Fair Housing Act and Oregon's own fair housing laws. The HOA board Winters serves on allegedly contacted the Salem-Keizer School District and ordered the bus for a disabled girl to pick her up from a road outside the HOA subdivision instead of her home. When challenged by the girl's mother, the HOA banned buses from entering HOA subdivision entirely. Another family in the subdivision with a disabled child reportedly also had their child's bus service banned from the subdivision.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Oregon Right to Life - Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Oregon) biography". ortl.capwiz.com. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Kenning, Chris (1999-01-11). "She is the first African-American Republican to serve". Statesman-Journal. Salem, Oregon: Gannett. pp. 1A. Retrieved 2006-12-28.
  3. ^ Sirocchi, Andrew (October 30, 2003). "Verger will make run for Senate". The World. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Friedman, Gordon R. (November 15, 2017). "Jackie Winters named Minority Leader of Oregon Senate, first black person to hold position". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Jaquiss, Nigel (November 15, 2017). "State Sen. Jackie Winters Replaces Ted Ferrioli as Senate Republican Leader". Willamette Week. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Lawsuit: Oregon Sen. Jackie Winters, HOA denied bus service to child with disabilities". The Oregonian. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lawsuit: Salem subdivision denied bus service to child". Associated Press. Retrieved August 17, 2018.

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Oregon Senate
Preceded by
Ted Ferrioli
Minority Leader of the Oregon Senate
Succeeded by
Herman Baertschiger Jr.