On Friday, April 14, Bill Bradbury, the former secretary of state of Oregon, passed away. In terms of age, Bradbury was 73. Bradbury was a congressman for California from 1981 through 1995, a full decade of service. From 1999 until 2009, he was Oregon’s secretary of state.
John Kitzhaber, a Democrat who had already served two terms as governor of Oregon, defeated Bradbury in the 2010 Democratic primary. Kitzhaber ultimately prevailed in the 2010 vote.
On Twitter late Friday, Governor Tina Kotek reflected on Bradbury’s life and legacy, writing, “Secretary Bill Bradbury was a true warrior for the environment and a kind man of heart and humor. The First Lady and I are thinking of Katy and the family during this difficult time.”
Sen. Ron Wyden also shared his reaction on Twitter Friday night, saying, “My friend Bill Bradbury combined smarts & decency to exemplify the best of what it means to be a public servant always working to make his beloved Oregon an even better place for everybody to live and work.”
Senator for Oregon Rob Wagner said Bradbury would be remembered for his work to improve democracy and save the planet.
“Bill Bradbury was a legend of Oregon politics — a consummate public servant and a bright light that exuded positive energy and focused on issues Oregonians cared about. He would always take the time to meet with young people working in politics, which is how I got to know him. He leaves a legacy of strengthening Oregon’s democracy and protecting our environment. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” the statement read.
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According to Oregon State Senator David Brock Smith, Bradbury, quoted in a news release, exemplified public service for over three decades.
“He was a champion of Oregon conservation and worked tirelessly for salmonid resilience and habitat restoration. Even after his retirement from public service, he continued his leadership on these and other conservation issues for the benefit of future generations.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Katy, his children, and family during this difficult time. God Speed, Mr. Secretary, thank you for your service to Oregon,” the statement read.