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The Women’s Investment Network Political Action Committee, or WIN-PAC, was founded in 1987.  For more than 20 years, WINPAC has raised tens of thousands of dollars each election cycle to help pro-choice Democratic women running for the Oregon Legislature.

The founding “mothers” of WINPAC were Betty Roberts (former legislator and first women to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court), Jewel Lansing (former auditor for Portland and Multnomah County), Gretchen Kafoury (former legislator and city and county commissioner), Darlene Hooley (former county commissioner, legislator and Congresswoman), Maureen Leonard (then Oregon Supreme Court clerk), and Patricia McCaig (then assistant to Oregon Secretary of State Barbara Roberts).

Founded two years after EMILY’s List, WINPAC endorsed its first candidates for office in 1988.  WINPAC was originally non-partisan, but changed its endorsement criteria in 1994 to support only Democratic women candidates. WINPAC contributes dollars directly to pro-choice, Democratic women legislative candidates and collects checks made out directly to their campaigns (known as “bundling” in the political fundraising world).

Successful WINPAC candidates have transformed the public policy debate in Oregon.  While we have supported over a hundred women since our inception, below is a list of endorsed candidates who won races for the legislature (H = House, S = Senate):

 

2008
Suzanne Bonamici (S)
Jackie Dingfelder (S)
Diane Rosenbaum (S)
Judy Stiegler (H)
Suzanne Van Orman (H)
 

2006
Suzanne Bonamici (H)
Jean Cowan (H)
Sara Gelser (H)
Tina Kotek (H)
Nancy Nathanson (H)

2004
Laurie Monnes Anderson (S)
Deborah Boone (H)
 

2002
Terry Beyer (H)
Betsy Johnson (S)

2000
Laurie Monnes Anderson (H)
Kate Brown (S)
Betsy Johnson (H)
Mary Nolan (H)
Carolyn Tomei (H)
Kelly Wirth (H)
 

1998
Elaine Hopson (H)
Deborah Kafoury (H)
Kathy Lowe (H)
Diane Rosenbaum (H)
Vicky Walker (H)
Susan Castillo (S)

1996
Ginny Burdick (S)
Jo Ann Bowman (H)

1994
Kitty Piercy (H)
Anitra Rasmussen (H)
Barbara Ross (H)
Judy Uherbelau (H)
 

1992
Kate Brown (H)
Marilyn Dell (H)
Cynthia Wooten (H)
Sharon Wylie (H)
 

1990
Lisa Naito (H)
Tricia Smith (S)
Jackie Taylor (H)

1988
Hedy Rijken (H)
Bev Stein (H)