Jane Barnett, a longtime conservative activist who served as an officer of the Glendale-Burbank Republican Assembly and as chair of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, died Thursday after a battle with cancer. She was 65.
Barnett, a Burbank resident, started volunteering for conservative political campaigns in the 1960s. She later worked as a district representative for former area state Assemblymen Pat Nolan and Jim Rogan. In 2008, she ran for the Glendale-Burbank Assembly seat as the Republican nominee.
Friends said Barnett’s enthusiasm for political causes and public service was matched only by her dedication as a wife and mother. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Lou Barnett, and their seven children and eight grandchildren.
“Jane was a pillar of the local party,” Nolan said. “She served both her family and the public with grace and aplomb. She was a woman who could do it all — raise a family, work full time and volunteer for the church and the local party.”