When Barbara Roberts was first elected to the Oregon House, she was given a desk next to Rep. Richard “Dick” Springer, also a new member. That didn’t last long.
“I don’t know whether we talked too much or laughed too often, but they separated us,” she said in an interview Sunday.
According to the source, Springer strongly supported the environment and workers’ rights. He spent 16 years in Salem, Oregon, covering Southeast and Southwest Portland. On April 9, he died at the age of 75.
An obituary sent to The Oregonian/OregonLive by his family says that he died of a heart attack.
Springer’s passion for labor problems came from his father, who was a union steamfitter. His love of nature came from the family house on Sauvie Island, where he spent time with his family.
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His son, Josh Springer, talked about how normal it was for him to go door-to-door during election season and spend nights at community meetings. His father worked long hours in Salem, but he didn’t want to find casual housing there so that he could go home to Sellwood every night.
“He would show up to everything,” Josh Springer said. “Something he always said to me is, ‘In politics, you can’t expect anybody to show up for you if you don’t show up for them.'”
Springer attended Cleveland High School, Princeton University, and the University of Oregon School of Law. He then joined the U.S. Navy and worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office lawyer.
Springer worked hard to get the Oregon Recycling Act passed in 1991. This critical law made most towns start collecting plastic to recycle. He fought for laws to make guns safer, women’s reproductive rights, and gay rights.
By 1993, Springer was the leader of the majority in the Oregon Senate. The following year, he was arrested for driving drunk, ending his political career. He went on to work as a private attorney and as district manager for the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, where he helped fix up Sturgeon Lake.
Jan Coulton, his partner of 20 years, said that one of the things he was most proud of was the work he did to clean up the lake. “e was very passionate about saving trees and wetlands.”Coulton and his two children from his marriage to the former chair of Multnomah County, Diane Linn, are the only people who will miss him.
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