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Longtime business lobbyist has died

Mike Dewey, a Salem native, ran Legislative Advocates, Inc., a Salem lobbying firm.

Longtime business lobbyist Mike Dewey has passed away, prompting remembrances from key legislative leaders.

Dewey, a Salem native, ran Legislative Advocates, Inc., a lobbying firm on Commercial Street not far from Bush Park.

His clients included IBM, the Northwest Credit Union Association, and Waste Management, Inc., among others.

According to his bio on the Legislative Advocates website, he was also the executive director of the Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association. He served as the president of the Capitol Club, the professional lobbying organization, from 1984 to 1985.

Veteran politics reporter Jeff Mapes, of OPB, remembered Dewey on Twitter Thursday, saying he was "an astute observer of the legislative culture."

Senate Minority Leader Jackie Winters, R-Salem said in a statement Thursday that Dewey was "well-respected and trusted, someone you could always count on to keep you well informed, and put a smile on your face."

"The characteristics I admire most in the people I work with are integrity and principle. Michael Dewey embodied both," said Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland. "We are going to miss him around the Capitol for his knowledge of the legislative process, honesty and integrity."