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Women will discuss legislative life

Historical Society panel discussion observes 100th anniversary of first female lawmakers.

Six current or former members will talk about their experiences as women in the Oregon Legislature.

The panel discussion starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. Admission is free; respond at events@ohs.org.

The event will take place on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the election of Marian Towne as the first woman in the Oregon House. Towne would be joined by Kathryn Clarke, who won a special election in January 1915 for the Oregon Senate.

The moderator is Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society.

Among the scheduled panelists are two current members, Rep, Vicki Berger of Salem, who will be leaving after 12 years in the House, and Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, who started in the House in 2001.

Others are:

• Margaret Carter of Portland, former representative and senator and the first African American woman in the Legislature.

• Bev Clarno of Redmond, former representative and senator, also the second woman to be House speaker and the first woman to be the Republican leader in the Senate.

• Darlene Hooley of West Linn, former representative, who later became a Clackamas County commissioner and U.S. representative. She is only the fourth woman from Oregon to be in the U.S. House.

• Deborah Kafoury of Portland, former representative and former House Democratic leader, now Multnomah County chairwoman.


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