Oregon state Sen. Jackie Winters has died

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Veteran Republican state Sen. Jackie Winters has died, according to House Speaker Tina Kotek.

Kotek made the announcement on the floor of the House on Wednesday, and called for a minute of silence.

Winters, who was re-elected in the 2016 election to represent the Salem area, had been ill with cancer and had been absent from the Legislature for some time.