Barbara Smith Warner

Barbara Smith Warner (born 1967) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Oregon. She serves in the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 45, which includes northeastern Portland, and Maywood Park.

Barbara Smith Warner
Majority Leader of the Oregon House of Representatives
Assumed office
July 19, 2019
Preceded byJennifer Williamson
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 45th district
Assumed office
Preceded byMichael Dembrow
Personal details
Born1967 (age 53–54)
Erie, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materGannon University
Professioncommunity organizer, labor liaison

Early life and careerEdit

Born Barbara Smith in Erie, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Gannon University.[1] She worked as a labor organizer in Washington, DC, ran the Oregon House Democratic Caucus, and served as a labor liaison for Senator Ron Wyden and has been active as a community organizer for affordable health care and education access.[1]

Political careerEdit

In November 2013, Michael Dembrow resigned from his seat in the Oregon House of Representatives when he was appointed to fill Jackie Dingfelder's seat in the Oregon Senate.[2] Multnomah County Commissioners appointed Smith Warner to fill Dembrow's seat in the Oregon House a few weeks later.[3] In July 2019, she was elected as Majority Leader by the Oregon House Democratic Caucus.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Smith Warner and her husband Chris Warner, who served as chief of staff to former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, live in Portland's Rose City Park neighborhood with their two children.[5]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b House, Kelly (December 20, 2013). "Barbara Smith Warner, new Oregon state representative, discusses priorities". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  2. ^ House, Kelly (November 18, 2013). "Rep. Michael Dembrow to replace Jackie Dingfelder in state Senate". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  3. ^ House, Kelly (December 19, 2013). "Barbara Smith Warner to replace Michael Dembrow in Oregon state House". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Oregon House Dems Elect Barbara Smith Warner as New Majority Leader". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  5. ^ "Meet the Team". City of Portland, Oregon. Retrieved February 4, 2014.