Barbara Roberts

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Barbara Roberts
Governor Barbara Roberts.jpg
34th Governor of Oregon
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995
Preceded byNeil Goldschmidt
Succeeded byJohn Kitzhaber
21st Secretary of State of Oregon
In office
January 7, 1985 – January 14, 1991
GovernorVictor Atiyeh
Neil Goldschmidt
Preceded byNorma Paulus
Succeeded byPhil Keisling
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 17th district
In office
January 1981 – January 1985
Preceded byGeorge Starr
Succeeded byMike Burton
Personal details
Born (1936-12-21) December 21, 1936 (age 83)
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Neal Sanders (1954–1972)
Frank Roberts (1974–1993)
Alma materPortland State University

Barbara Kay Roberts (born December 21, 1936) is an American politician from the state of Oregon. She served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995. She was the first woman to serve as Oregon governor, and the only woman elected to that office until 2016.[1]

A Democrat, Roberts was also the first woman to serve as majority leader in the Oregon House of Representatives. She also won two terms as Oregon Secretary of State, and served in local and county government in Portland.

Roberts was married to Oregon state Sen. Frank L. Roberts from 1974 until his death in 1993. From February 2011[2] until January 2013, she served on the council of Metro, the regional government in the Portland metropolitan area.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Note: Kate Brown became governor in 2015 following the resignation of John Kitzhaber; she was elected in 2016.
  2. Mortenson, Eric (February 25, 2011). "Metro names attorney as acting chief operating officer; Barbara Roberts sworn in". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  3. "Three Metro Councilors will be sworn in at Monday inauguration". Metro. January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014.