Barbara Smith Warner is State Representative for Oregon House District 45, which includes Northeast Portland, the city of Maywood Park and the Parkrose area. In the 2019 session she served as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Student Success, on the House Revenue Committee, House Rules Committee, and the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures.
Barbara with her two children at Sunday Parkways in Portland, 2019.
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.
While Barbara is currently serving her third term in the legislature, she is no stranger to fighting for a better Oregon—she's been a grassroots organizer and community activist for her entire career. In fact, Barbara has spent much of her professional career helping people to engage with and participate in their government. As a Field Representative for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Barbara's role was to serve as a conduit between the Senator and community groups and constituents across the state.
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. In addition to volunteering at Beverly Cleary School, Barbara also volunteers with her Neighborhood Association, the PTA, St. Andrew's Food Pantry, and the Children's Book Bank. When not working or volunteering, Barbara enjoys running, 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.