Lawmakers call for resignation of board member

Two Oklahoma state senators are calling on a former state senator who is a member of the state Board of Education to resign for a comment he made to an expectant mother hired to work at the state Department of Education.
Oklahoman Modified: January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm •  Published: January 27, 2011
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma state senators are calling on a former state senator who is a member of the state Board of Education to resign for a comment he made to an expectant mother hired to work at the state Department of Education.


New state Superintendent Janet Barresi noted during Thursday's board meeting that new legislative liaison Jessica Russell is expecting to give birth in April. Herb Rozell asked if Russell planned to take maternity leave in May while the Legislature is in session — then said “If she takes six weeks off in May, she's worthless to us.”

Russell left the room in tears. Sens. John Ford and Clark Jolley want Rozell to resign. Jolley says Rozell's comment was “archaic, misogynistic and deplorable.”

Rozell didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.


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