About Barbara

Barbara Smith Warner is proud to represent the people of House District 45 (NE Portland, Maywood Park and Parkrose) in the Oregon Legislature. In December 2013, Barbara was appointed to the seat, filling an opening created when Michael Dembrow was appointed to the State Senate. She serves on the House Committees on Higher Education, Energy and the Environment, and Rules, and she works closely with now Senator Dembrow on many issues.

Barbara biggest inspiration to serve in the Oregon House is her two children. As a PTA board member and active classroom volunteer, Barbara saw firsthand the impact of state funding cuts on the success of our kids, their teachers and our public schools. As your voice in the State House, she is a forceful advocate for our kids, for stable funding and for smaller class sizes.

Prior to her appointment to the state legislature, Barbara served as Portland field representative for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, where she was a conduit between the Senator and community groups and constituents across the state. Barbara worked to ensure that labor unions, health care organizations and other advocacy groups were in the loop about the Senator’s work and—importantly—she made sure that the people’s voices were heard in DC. Prior to working for Senator Wyden, Barbara spent nearly 20 years as a grassroots and community organizer, giving working families have a stronger voice in government and fighting for economic fairness. 

Barbara is also an active community volunteer with her Neighborhood Association (Rose City), on her local PTA board (Beverly Clearly School), St. Andrew’s Food Pantry, Store to Door grocery delivery for homebound seniors and the Children’s Book Bank.  When not working or volunteering, Barbara enjoys running, spending family time with her husband Chris and the kids in the neighborhood—usually on their bicycles.

Barbara Smith Warner’s life’s work outside the home has been devoted to giving “We the People” a voice in our government. As our representative, Barbara remains deeply committed to an open, accessible government that is of, for and by the people.