Former and well-known Oregon politician and retired U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden has died at age 91.

Redden passed away on Tuesday, March 31, at an adult foster care home where he had been living. He was being treated for congestive heart failure.

Judge James Redden in his chamber library talking with reporter Aaron Kunz.

Judge James Redden in his chamber library talking with reporter Aaron Kunz.

Aaron Kunz

Redden is perhaps best known today as the federal judge who repeatedly ordered the Bonneville Power Administration to rewrite its plans to protect Columbia River salmon to comply with the U.S. Endangered Species Act. His rulings in the so-called Salmon Case was widely covered by the national news media, environmental publications and legal journals.

Before that, Redden, a Democrat, served on the Oregon House of Representatives from Southern Oregon during the 1963, ‘65 and ‘67 sessions of the Oregon Legislature. He was elected House Minority Leader by his Democratic colleagues during the 1967 session.

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