Gretchen Kafoury

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Gretchen Kafoury
Portland City Commissioner
In office
Constituency Portland, Oregon
Multnomah County Commissioner
In office
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
Preceded by Stephen Kafoury
Succeeded by Ed Leek
Personal details
Born 1942
Walla Walla, Washington
Political party Democratic

Gretchen Kafoury (born 1942) is a politician in the U.S. state of Oregon, who has served in the Oregon House of Representatives, the Multnomah County Commission, and the Portland City Council. She served in the legislature from 1977 to 1982, the Multnomah County Commission from 1985 to 1991 and the Portland City Council from 1991 to 1998.[1]

Kafoury co-founded the Oregon chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1970 and the Oregon Women's Political Caucus in 1971.[2]

In 1972, Kafoury was one of a small group of women (also including Mildred Schwab[3]) who protested the City Club of Portland's policy excluding women members, effecting a change in the club's policy of more than fifty years.[4]

The Kafoury family has been referred to as Portland's "most enduring political dynasty;" her husband Stephen preceded her in the legislature, and her daughter Deborah Kafoury served two terms there as well, including one as minority leader.[5]

Since 1999, Kafoury has been an instructor at Portland State University, teaching classes related to homelessness, poverty, and community development.[6]


  1. ^ Slovic, Beth (April 18, 2012). "For women, history shows winning office in Portland is no easy task". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Guide to the Gretchen Kafoury Papers 1971-1983
  3. ^ "Mildred Schwab". City of Portland. March 26, 2007. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Cole, Michelle (September 22, 2011). "How far have women come in Oregon politics? Not as far as you'd think". The Oregonian. 
  5. ^ Redden, Jim (August 3, 2001). "Dynasty shines for the left". Portland Tribune. 
  6. ^ "Gretchen Kafoury Biographical Statement". Retrieved 21 April 2012. 

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