|Member of the Oregon Senate|
from the 22nd district
|Assumed office |
January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||Chip Shields|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives|
from the 43rd district
October 2009 – January 9, 2017
|Succeeded by||Tawna Sanchez|
Lewis Reed Frederick
December 1951 (age 69)
Pullman, Washington, U.S.
Early life and educationEdit
Born in Pullman, Washington, Frederick grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Atlanta, Georgia. Frederick is the son of botanist Dr. Lafayette Frederick, Professor Emeritus Howard University, and his wife Antoinette Reed Frederick. Frederick has lived in northeast Portland since 1974.
Throughout his career, he was a teacher at the Metropolitan Learning Center for two years, a radio and television reporter with KGW for seventeen years, Director of Public Information at Portland Public Schools for thirteen years, Assistant to the President at Portland Community College, and held a position on the State Board of Education.[self-published source] In October 2013, Frederick was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award at Earlham College.
Frederick was sworn into the Oregon House of Representatives in October 2009 and began serving on the House Interim Human Services Committee and House Interim Sustainability & Economic Development Committee.
According to the Portland Tribune, he was Oregon's "highest-ranking black leader and the only black man serving in the Oregon Legislature" as of 2010. Commissioner Amanda Fritz and The Skanner endorsed Frederick during his campaign for District 43. Frederick, formerly a member of the House Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology, has moved into the leadership ranks through his new Committee assignments. Frederick's 2013 Regular Session assignments are as Vice-Chair, Land Use Committee; and both the Ways and Means Committee, per se, as well as the Ways and Means Subcommittee On Education.
Lew Frederick maintains a research and strategy affiliation with the California and Washington, D.C.-based company, The Rand Reed Group, an applied anthropological consultancy run by Kathleen Rand Reed.
Fredrick supports reparations for the descendants of slaves, and on January 11, 2021 proposed Oregon State Bill 619 to direct the Oregon Department of Revenue to pay individuals who could demonstrate heritage in slavery $123,000 as an annual annuity. Despite misreporting and misreading to the contrary, SB 619 would create an annuity of $123,000 which is paid annually, rather than a sum of $123,000 paid annually.
- "Senator Lew Frederick". Oregon State Legislature. Retrieved October 23, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Anderson, Jennifer (July 1, 2010). "Racism in Portland: What are we doing?". Portland Tribune. pp. 1–2. Retrieved April 25, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "About Lew". lewfrederick.org. Retrieved January 10, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Lew Frederick Sworn In as Newest House Member". Oregon State Legislature. October 30, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Fritz, Amanda (October 19, 2009). "Why I support Lew Frederick for House District 43". amandafritz.com. Archived from the original on October 14, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "The Skanner News Endorses Lew Frederick for Oregon House of Representatives". The Skanner. Retrieved January 10, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology". Oregon State Legislature. Retrieved February 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Representative Lew Frederick". Oregon State Legislature. Retrieved February 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Link text, Cultural Systems Analysis Group (CUSAG), University of Maryland, College Park.
- Allen, Blake (January 19, 2021). "Portland lawmaker proposes paying reparations to Black Oregonians". KTVZ. Retrieved February 19, 2021.