Oregon legislative leaders have decided to remove the portrait of former. Gov. Neil Goldschmidt from the Capitol. The decision comes in response to a request last month from two ex-lawmakers, former state Sen. Vicki Walker (D-Eugene) and ex-Rep. Tim Knopp (R-Bend). The ex-lawmakers made their request after the January death of Elizabeth Dunham, the woman whom Goldschmidt sexually abused starting in the mid-70s when he was the 35-year-old mayor of Portland and she was 13 years old.
Here's the statement issued today by Robin Maxey, the spokesman for Senate President Peter Courtney:
The portrait of former Governor Neil Goldschmidt has been removed from the Legislative Library on the fourth floor of the Oregon State Capitol. It will be placed in storage by the Oregon Historical Society, the presiding officers of the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives said Monday.
Senate President Peter Courtney and Co-Speakers Bruce Hanna and Arnie Roblan said the portrait was removed from the capitol out of respect.
The portrait was originally hung outside the Senate Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol. It was moved to a less public location in the Legislative Library in 2004.