Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

July 30, 1949 ~ February 27, 2019

Husband, Father, Friend, Attorney, Community Servant

A Wonderful Community Servant’s Courageous Battle with Cancer Comes to a Close

SOURCE:  SOS Admin February 27, 2019

SALEM, OR — Deputy Secretary of State Leslie Cummings released the following statement:

On Tuesday, February 26, at approximately 9:00pm, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s courageous battle with cancer came to a close. Dennis passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends.

From his service in Vietnam as a combat helicopter pilot to his 30-year legal career and 19 years in public service, this father of nine and grandfather of 31 found great joy in serving and taking care of others.

As Secretary of State, Dennis was fiercely dedicated to accomplishing the work the people of Oregon elected him to do. Upon taking the reins of this office in January 2017, Dennis’ visionary leadership built on the strengths of the 227 Secretary of State staff members. Together, Dennis and this dedicated team of public servants improved the program business practices of Audits, Elections, Archives, Corporations and Small Business, and the three Administrative Services Divisions of the agency. He also brought many professional and personal gifts and experience to this office. Dennis’ focus on transparency, accountability, and integrity coupled with his uncompromising work ethic inspired staff to “up their games” to move mountains.

If you spent time with Dennis, it wouldn’t be long before he shared with you his personal motto of “Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus,” which means: Having been given much, what will you give in return? This philosophy influenced every aspect of Dennis’ life and became the hallmark by which many knew him. His challenge to us in the Secretary of State’s office is to give our very best to each other and to Oregon each and every day.

Dennis leaves a legacy of always aiming high, expecting excellence, moving fast, and doing what is right for the people. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with such an incredible leader and wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed.

Thank you for serving so wisely as our Secretary of State Dennis.  We will miss you. 

Dear Voter,

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my vision for how to restore Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity to state government.

If you haven’t made-up your mind yet about this important race, I’d invite you to watch my videos that detail SOLUTIONS for how I will use this office to help Oregon families.

You can count on me to run this office in a fair and non-partisan manner.  Every citizen of this state should have the expectation that their Secretary of State will not use this position for partisan agendas or personal gain.

I am proud to have earned the endorsement of every Oregon newspaper that offered one, as well as Democratic legislators and cross-party leaders who are supporting my candidacy.  They all understand we need someone with integrity and a Secretary of State that can serve all Oregonians with equal treatment.

Your vote for me will spark needed change.  We can no longer be the state with one of the worst graduation rates in the nation, or a place where we tolerate abuse of children in our foster care system.  And Oregonians deserve to know their tax dollars are being spent responsibly for the people, not special interests.

November 8th starts a new chapter for honest, open government.  But I need your help.  This race isn’t about which political team jersey we wear.  It isn’t about social issues.  It’s about working together as Oregonians for the good of our state and the people who live here.  I am committed to being a leader for us all.

I would be honored to have your vote.  Let’s see how far we can go in the next four years to bring real reforms to Oregon.  Together, we can bring the change we want to see for our great state!


Dennis Richardson