Edward Fadeley

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Edward Fadeley
88th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by J. R. Campbell
Succeeded by Susan M. Leeson
President of the Oregon State Senate
In office
Preceded by Fred W. Heard
Succeeded by John Kitzhaber
Personal details
Born Edward Norman Fadeley
(1929-12-13)December 13, 1929
Williamsville, Missouri
Died August 30, 2015(2015-08-30) (aged 85)
Springfield, Oregon
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancie Fadeley (1953–1984); Darian Fadeley (1987/88[1]–2015)[2]
Alma mater University of Missouri
University of Oregon School of Law

Edward Norman Fadeley (December 13, 1929 – August 30, 2015) was an American attorney and politician in the state of Oregon, United States. He was the 88th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Previously he served in both the Oregon House of Representatives and the Oregon State Senate, serving one session as President of the Oregon Senate. In later years he faced allegations of sexual harassment and was reprimanded for legal ethics violations.[2]

Early life

Edward Norman Fadeley was born on December 13, 1929, in Williamsville, Missouri, the son of Robert Sylvester Fadeley and Nelle Fadeley (née Norman), both teachers.[3] He was raised in of Missouri,[4] and at the age of 14 he decided he wanted to become a lawyer.[5] After high school he attended and graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia.[4] Edward Fadeley then joined the United States Navy where he served for three years.[5] After the Navy he moved to Eugene, Oregon where he enrolled at the University of Oregon School of Law.[4] There he purchased a house when he arrived in 1954 and announced during the first term that he would finish first in his class.[5] In 1957, Fadeley graduated from law school at the university, first in his class.[6] He married Nancie Peacocke and the couple had two children, Shira and Charles.[5] Edward Fadeley would then enter private legal practice where he remained for 31 years.[6] He divorced Nancie Fadeley in 1984 and married his second wife, Darian, 3½ years later.[1]

Political career

In 1960, Fadeley was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives as a Democrat from Eugene.[7] He would serve 26 years in the Oregon Legislature.[6] In 1963, he moved to the Oregon State Senate where he would become Senate President in 1983.[6][8] Beginning in 1971 he would serve several sessions in the legislature with his then-wife Nancie Fadeley, who was serving in the House.[5][9] While in the legislature in 1983 he failed in an attempt to amend the Oregon Constitution to prevent any sales tax in the state, but did defeat attempts to pass a sales tax during the session.[4]

In 1986, he ran for governor, but lost in the primary election to Neil Goldschmidt.[6] In 1988 Fadeley ran for an open seat on the Oregon Supreme Court to fill the position of J. R. Campbell whose term had expired and won on November 8, 1988, against Vern Cook.[6][10] He won re-election to a second six-year term in 1994 before resigning from the court on January 31, 1998.[10]

During his campaign in 1988 Fadeley violated the rules of judicial ethics by asking for campaign contributions.[4][6] This led to the first time in the history of the Oregon Supreme Court that the court censured one of its own members.[4][6] In 1996, the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability filed a complaint against justice Fadeley alleging sexual harassment, among other charges.[11] It was said about Fadeley that: “During a period when women went from being office toys and decoration to serious partners in the world of work, I think Ed was one of those people who never really understood the transition.” Mary Botkin, labor lobbyist.[4] Other comments about Fadeley included: “He thinks any woman wants to be told -- even in a business setting -- that they are good looking.” Betty Roberts former colleague in the Oregon State Senate, and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice.[11] The following year the Commission recommended Fadeley be suspended, but the Oregon Supreme Court dismissed all allegations after Fadeley resigned from the court.[12]

Later years

Fadeley was later sued by the firm that defended him against the ethics violations allegation for fees owed, but Fadeley claimed the fees charged were “outrageous” as well as that the defense was inadequate.[13] In 2007, Fadeley was suspended by the Oregon Supreme Court for 30 days for violations of ethics rules including charging an excessive fee.[14] He died of heart failure at a hospital in Springfield, Oregon, on August 30, 2015.[2] He had suffered a heart attack around a week prior to his death.[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kinsey-Hall, Gail; Jeff Mapes, and Steve Suo (November 29, 1995). "Fadeley accused of sexually harassing". The Oregonian, p. 1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Theen, Andrew (August 31, 2015). "Ed Fadeley, veteran Oregon lawmaker and state Supreme Court justice, dies at 85". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2016-04-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Who's Who in Government. Biographical Research Bureau. Marquis Who's Who, LLC,. 1977.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Baker, Nena (December 21, 1997). Fadeley has courted controversy in his career. The Oregonian.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Leeson, Fred (October 30, 1988). Fadeley takes aim for jugular. The Oregonian, p. C4.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Green, Ashbel (December 17, 1997). Fadeley has cancer, will quit state high court. The Oregonian.
  7. Oregon Legislative Assembly (51st) 1961 Regular Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  8. Oregon Legislative Assembly (52nd) 1963 Regular Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  9. Oregon Legislative Assembly (56th) 1971 Regular Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Oregon Blue Book: Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Mapes, Jeff (November 22, 1996). Fadeley controversy is latest in a series. The Oregonian.
  12. Green, Ashabel (February 3, 1998). High court dismisses Fadeley allegations. The Oregonian.
  13. Green, Ashabel (March 11, 1999). Law practice sues Fadeley for fees in ethics defense. The Oregonian.
  14. Green, Ashabel (February 24, 2007). Former justice suspended for breaking rules. The Oregonian.
  15. Theen, Andrew (August 26, 2015). "Ed Fadeley, longtime Oregon legislator and state Supreme Court justice, suffers heart attack". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2016-04-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>