Republican State Leadership Committee Salutes Black History Month with Oregon State Senator Jackie Winters

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Republican State Leadership Committee Salutes Black History Month with Oregon State Senator Jackie Winters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2018) — Republican State Leadership Committee President Matt Walter released the following statement celebrating Black History Month:

“Every February, our nation commemorates and celebrates the central role African-Americans have played in shaping the history and fabric of our nation. African-American elected leaders have played an important role in the growth of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, and continue to break barriers to this day.  Oregon State Senator Jackie Winters, who became the first African-American to lead an Oregon legislative caucus, broke those barriers when she was selected to serve as the Republican Senate caucus leader this past November.”

A former small business owner and public servant, Jackie Winters was first elected to the Oregon state legislature in 1998. She served two terms in the state House before being elected to Oregon’s 10th Senate district in 2002 and has been re-elected three times since then.

“This February, as we celebrate Black History Month, is especially poignant for me. Recently my colleagues bestowed upon me the honor of being elected the Senate Republican Caucus Leader,” state Senator Jackie Winters said. “This was a historical moment in Oregon politics, as I am the first African-American to be elected a caucus leader. The Republican Party has a rich historical relationship with the African-American community. We are the Party of Lincoln. I am grateful to be a small part of the history, the fabric, and the story of African-Americans’ contributions to our wonderful country’s history.”

In 2011, RSLC launched the Future Majority Project to identify, support, and highlight diverse Republican state-level candidates. Since its founding, this program has helped elect over 100 Republican candidates to state-level offices such as Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, the first African-American candidate ever elected to statewide office in Kentucky, and West Virginia Delegate Jill Upson, who is the first black Republican woman elected to West Virginia House of Delegates.