Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today released the following statement regarding the passing of Sam Blackman:
"Sam Blackman was a beacon of Oregon's tech community," Governor Brown said. "Sam brought energy, innovation, and jobs to an important and fast growing sector of Oregon's economy. But, more importantly, he did so with a commitment to Oregon's values. As CEO of Elemental and later with Amazon, he led the company to grow financially while engaging civically on issues like education, hunger, and the environment. Sam's approach made Oregonians stronger while helping build the economy that they rely on. My heart is with his family and friends today, and I thank him for the important contributions he made to the entire state."