Oregon State Secretary Dennis Richardson (right) died of brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday morning. He was 69 years old.
Richardson was just over two years in his tenure as senior election and administration officer of Oregon. He served six terms in the state legislature before running for governorship in 2014, a race he had narrowly lost to the incumbent Democrat.
He made his comeback in 2016, becoming one of the only Republicans to have won a position in the state of Oregon in recent decades. In May, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same form of brain cancer that killed the deceased Sen. John McCain John Sidney McCainGOP Fears Lobbyists Feel Better Than Ever on Kump Street: Mark Kelly Launches Senate Bid: "Mission Is To Rally Arzonian Workers" Gabbard Returns Against Meghan McCain After Assad Fight Against (R-Ariz.).
In a statement, deputy secretary of state Leslie Cummings said Richardson had died Tuesday night at his home, surrounded by family members and friends. Cummings said that Richardson lived under the slogan "Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus" – "after receiving a lot, what will you give back?"
"Dennis has always been aiming high, hoping for excellence, going fast and doing what's right for people. It was an honor and a privilege to work with such an incredible leader and a great friend. We will miss him tremendously, "said Cummings.
Richardson, who was a combat helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, is survived by his wife, Cathy Richardson, their nine children and their 31 grandchildren.
Governor Kate Brown (D), who held the position before Dennis Richardson, will appoint his successor.