Barbara Hughey Roberts served as Oregon’s governor from 1991 to 1995.
Divorced with two children, she was working full-time when she began her political journey as a citizen lobbyist working to persuade the legislature to provide education for children with disabilities. Her success reinforced her belief that one person can make a difference. Warm and optimistic, she was a liberal Democrat who spoke her mind.
Oregon State Archives: Barbara Roberts’ Administration http://egov.sos.state.or.us/division/archives/governors/Roberts/inaugural1991.html
Oregon Historical Society http://www.ohs.org/education/focus/governor-barbara-roberts.cfm
Book Cover: Up the Capitol Steps
Oregon State University Press published Barbara’s autobiography– Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/blog/new-memoir-by-former-governor-barbara-roberts
Speech: Women as Political Leaders: Our History and Experiences” (speech, League of Women Voters National Convention, Portland, OR, June 13, 2008), http://dl2.newmediamill.net/media/lwv/flash/convention48th/roberts/roberts.html
Article by Neal Johnson and Gail Johnson, Governing Magazine: Leading by Listening: Barbara Roberts’ Conversation with Oregon