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Barbara Smith Warner

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Barbara Smith Warner
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Oregon House of Representatives District 45
In office
January 15, 2014-present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 1
Assistant Majority Leader-Politics, Oregon House of Representatives
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedDecember 19, 2013
Appointed byMultnomah County Commission
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGannon University
ProfessionGrassroots organizer
Office website
Campaign website
Barbara Smith Warner is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 45. She was first appointed to the chamber on December 19, 2013, to replace Michael Dembrow, who resigned to take a position in the Senate.[1] She currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader-Politics.


Warner earned her B.A. in Foreign Language & International Studies from Gannon University. Her professional experience includes working as a grassroots organizer and trainer, as a field representative for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and as a precinct committee person.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Smith Warner served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2015
Joint Tax Credits
Rules, Vice-Chair


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Smith Warner served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Smith Warner's campaign website highlighted the following priorities:[3]

Strong schools

  • Excerpt: "I’ve seen firsthand that today’s decisions in Salem directly impact our children’s future. That’s why I’m fighting for the additional funding and smaller class size that teachers, parents and students need to succeed."

Good jobs

  • Excerpt: "A strong economy in Oregon starts with strong schools—from pre-K all the way through affordable higher education. That’s why in my first session I helped pass new laws making community college more affordable and increasing access to apprenticeship programs which provide excellent job and skills training."

Healthy families

  • Excerpt: "I believe that every Oregonian deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare. That’s why I sponsored a law to increase accountability at CoverOregon, am working to get the program back on track and succeed, and believe in long-term solutions like single-payer healthcare."


  • Excerpt: "For me, fairness encompasses a lot of things—it means tax fairness where everyone pays their fair share; it means economic justice where hard work earns a living wage with benefits and local businesses are rewarded for doing so; and it means that every Oregonian is entitled to marry the person they love, free from discrimination."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Barbara Smith Warner defeated Tom Sincic in the Democratic primary. She also ran as a write-in candidate on the Republican party and Working Families Party tickets. Smith Warner was unchallenged in the general election.[4][5]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 45 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Smith Warner Incumbent 67.9% 5,548
Tom Sincic 32.1% 2,620
Total Votes 8,168


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Oregon

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In 2013, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 4 to July 9. In 2014, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 3 to March 10.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills that impacted the businesses of family farmers and ranchers.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to AFT-Oregon. Priorities of the organization are based on the issues most important to its members working lives.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to the business community.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on their record in advocating for and advancing Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
  • Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.



In 2014, Smith Warner's endorsements included the following:[6]


Smith Warner and her husband, Chris, have two children.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Dembrow (D)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 45
January 15, 2014–present
Succeeded by