When former Oregon Sen. Mark Hatfield died Aug. 7, obituaries, tributes and essays rolled in from all over the country discussing his long political career—including WW’s analysis of his impact on Oregon
But Hatfield—a former governor who served 30 years in the Senate, longer than any Oregonian—hasn’t yet received a formal, public farewell.
This Saturday, Sept. 24, Hatfield will be honored in a memorial service at the Oregon State Capitol. The reception, open to the public, is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the House of Representatives chambers. Organizers say all former Oregon governors and other state and federal officials will attend; the ceremony will also by streamed live
on the Oregon Legislature’s website.
Hatfield, a Republican, served as governor from 1959 to 1967, and in the U.S. Senate from 1967 to 1997. He also served in the state House, Senate and as secretary of state. In all, he ran for office in 11 elections, including eight statewide races—and never lost.