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'Norma smashed through glass ceilings before people knew what glass ceilings were,' said Betsy Johnson.

VIA OPB - Norma PaulusFamily, friends and Oregon lawmakers gathered at Willamette University in Salem on Saturday for Norma Paulus' memorial service.

Paulus was Oregon's first female secretary of state. She died Feb. 28 at the age of 85 in a Portland care facility.

Paulus was known for her politics as a moderate Republican. She worked on Oregon land-use laws and, as secretary of state, pioneered the state's vote-by-mail system.

Oregon Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, was one of the speakers at her memorial service. Johnson's father, Sam Johnson, served with Paulus in the Oregon House.

"We desperately need more Normas in the Legislature, and I don't mean more women," Betsy Johnson said. "I mean more pragmatic moderates."

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