State Senator Jackie Winters

Party: R District: 10
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1710
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-301, Salem, OR, 97301


Jackie Winters began her life-long interest in citizen involvement in public policy listening to her parents’ discussions around the table in Topeka, Kansas, where she was born, and later in Portland, Oregon where her family moved in 1941. She attended Portland Public Schools and continued her education through the Oregon University System’s Continuing Education coursework, with an emphasis on Intergovernmental Relations. She is a Flemming Fellow graduate.
She began her governmental service in 1959, at Oregon Health Sciences University 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, which grew in 2010, to include a statewide system of food banks serving most of Oregon’s neediest families.
In 1985, Jackie opened her first Jackie’s Ribs restaurant, in Salem. Over time, she and her family expanded the operations to include three restaurants and three franchises, but currently only catering services for special events are offered.
In 1998, voters of District 31 elected Jackie, as their State Representative, the first African-American Republican to achieve this honor. She was re-elected to this office in 2000. In 2002, 2006 and again in 2010, she was elected as State Senator for District 10.
Jackie has lived in Salem for 40 years. She was married in 1971, to Marc “Ted” Winters. In addition to her four adult sons, she also has a stepson, stepdaughter and ten grandchildren. Her beloved husband Ted, passed away August 26, 2008.
Jackie serves on numerous boards and commissions:
Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of OR
Board of Directors of Yatima Group Fund, Member
Board of Directors of Salem Chamber of Commerce, Member
South Salem Rotary Club, Member
Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, Founding Member and Past President
Oregon State Managers Association, Member
Oregon Restaurant Association, Director
National Federation of Independent Businesses, Member
Guido Caldarazzo Methamphetamine Task Force, Co-Chair
Winters has received numerous awards and recognitions, including:
Oregon Health Care Achievement 2005
Oregonians for Food and Shelter Award 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
Family Building Blocks Most Valuable Players Award, 2007
City of Salem Distinguished Service Award (awarded twice)
United Way Outstanding Achievement Award
United Way Gold Award
Salem Keizer Schools Appreciation Award
NAACP President’s Award for Advancing the Cause of Civil Rights in Oregon
Willamette University Community Service Award
Multi-Culture Law Students (awarded twice)
International Women’s Who’s Who
Register and Register
Family & Friends
"If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed
which is not their government. The whole system of
American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless
citizens perform their duties there, such a system of
government is doomed to failure."
Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the USA.