Former Oregon state legislator Ginny Burdick joined the Northwest Power and Conservation Council this month, replacing Richard Devlin.
Burdick, a fourth generation Oregonian, grew up in Portland and attended Chapman and Bridlemile elementary schools and Woodrow Wilson High School (now renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.
Burdick worked for 10 years as a reporter and editor in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, D.C., specializing in environmental and energy policy. She switched from journalism to policy work in Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s and worked in the energy industry as a consultant and employee in Washington and Los Angeles for five years. Upon returning to Oregon in 1984, she continued her policy work and worked on political campaigns before starting her own business in 1989, specializing in crisis communications.
In 1996, Burdick was elected to an open Senate seat. She chaired several committees, including Judiciary, Rules and, most recently, Finance and Revenue. She was elected Senate President pro tempore in 2011 and served until 2015, when she was elected Senate Majority Leader. She held that job until 2020.
Burdick lives in Portland.