Former governor's portrait removed from Oregon Capitol

Former governor's portrait removed from Oregon Capitol
The portrait of former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt

SALEM, Ore. -- The portrait of former Governor Neil Goldschmidt has been removed from the Legislative Library on the fourth floor of the Oregon State Capitol.

The portrait It will be placed in storage by the Oregon Historical Society, the presiding officers of the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives said Monday.
 
Senate President Peter Courtney and Co-Speakers Bruce Hanna and Arnie Roblan said the portrait was removed from the Capitol out of respect for Goldschmidt’s victim, who recently passed away.
 
The portrait was originally hung outside the Senate Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol. It was moved to a less public location in the Legislative Library in 2004.

In January, the woman Goldschmidt sexually abused 35 years ago, when she was a teenager, died of an undisclosed illness.

The 49-year-old woman died in a Portland hospice. She was not identified.

Goldschmidt admitted in 2004 that he sexually abused the girl when she was 14 years old.

He was mayor of Portland in the 1970s and later President Carter's Secretary of Transportation before successfully running for governor.