Norma Paulus Receives Oregon Statesman Award

College of Law alumna Norma Paulus LLB'62, H'99 recently was selected by the Oregon Business Association to receive the Oregon Statesman Award, which honors outstanding achievements on behalf of the state of Oregon.

A political trailblazer, Paulus was the first woman elected to a state constitutional office. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977 and as secretary of state from 1977 to 1985. While serving in the legislature, Paulus united across party lines with other female legislators to fight long-standing Oregon laws that discriminated against women. During her two terms as secretary of state, she waged a war against election corruption. Paulus was a Republican candidate for governor in 1986 and for the U.S. Senate in 1995.

The Oregon Business Association's fifth annual awards banquet, an invitation-only event, was held October 24, 2005, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. U.S. Senator John McCain (R–Ariz.) presented the keynote address.

A complete profile of Norma Paulus appears in the fall 2005 issue of Willamette Lawyer.