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Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz died Monday at the age of 84 after a long illness. Katz broke gender barriers to become Oregon's first female House speaker, and deployed a tough-but-tender political style to also win three terms as Portland mayor.  (AP/Rick Bowmer file photo)

Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz died Monday at the age of 84 after a long illness. Katz broke gender barriers to become Oregon's first female House speaker, and deployed a tough-but-tender political style to also win three terms as Portland mayor. (AP/Rick Bowmer file photo)

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Vera Katz Remembered

Three term mayor broke barriers; had tough but tender style

Vera Katz, a former three-term Portland mayor and first female speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives who died Monday after a long battle with complications from cancer is being remembered as a politician who broke gender barriers and deployed a tough-but tender political style to advance her priorities.