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​RepresentativeLegislator Photo Barbara Smith Warner

Democrat - District 45 - Portland

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1445
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, Room H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301



Barbara Smith Warner has represented House District 45, which includes Northeast Portland, Maywood Park and Parkrose, since January of 2014. She has focused on education and revenue issues throughout her time in the legislature, as well as serving on the House Rules Committee throughout. Barbara was the House Co-Chair of the Student Success Committee in 2018-2019, which established the first dedicated funding source for preK-12 education in a generation. As House Rules chair, she helped to shephard a wide variety of meaningful policies into law, from expansion of voting rights through paid postage and streamlining prevailing wage surveys to critical gun violence prevention measures like requiring safe storage of firearms. Barbara served as the Democratic caucus leader from July 2019 to January 2022.​


Barbara​ with her two children at Sunday Parkways in Portland, 2019.

The fifth and youngest child of an English teacher and a public television executive, Barbara  grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Gannon University. She has spent her professional career helping people to engage with and participate with their government, through work as a grassroots organizer, labor educator, and campaign manager. She most recently worked as a Field Representative for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, serving as a conduit between the Senator and community groups and constituents across the state. 

Barbara's extensive volunteer work in her two children's local public school is what inspired her to seek office. She is passionate about the issues that affect the families of House District 45 and all of Oregon – access to quality education, health care for all, good living-wage jobs, a diverse and efficient transportation system, and safe communities. In today's world, Barbara knows that Oregon can, and must, be a leader in the fight towards a more just world for all our communities. When not working or volunteering in her community, Barbara enjoys running, reading, e-biking, and spending time with her husband Chris and two kids, Emmett and Eleanor. ​

Barbara is deeply committed to an open, accessible government that is of, for and by the people. 

She hopes you will communicate, offer feedback, and share your opinion on the things that matter to you and your family, so she can continue to work for you in Salem.