Oregon lawmakers say goodbye to Dennis Richardson
The death of Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who'd battled brain cancer for the last seven months, has saddened state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Richardson, who was 69, died at his home surrounded by family and friends, according to his office.
He became the first Republican elected to statewide office in 14 years when he took over as secretary of state in January 2017. Before that, he was a House Republican leader who earned respect for his hard-working ways and commitment to transparency. Richardson, who was very accessible to both constituents and the media throughout his stint in the Capitol, was also a Vietnam veteran.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici: "I had the honor of working with Sec. Richardson when we served together in the Oregon State Legislature, and I always valued his contributions and commitment. He was a great public servant who dedicated much of his life to Oregon and our country. We often spoke of his family, and my thoughts are with them and his friends at this difficult time.”