If Oklahoma's Indian lawmaker count stops with the nine identified by the House Republicans and the national conference, it would mean about 6 percent of Oklahoma's 149 legislative seats are held by tribal members. "That's outstanding," said Jason McCarty, communications director for the National Congress of American Indians. "I would say that's higher than any other state. There are eight in Montana," he said. Rep. Ray McCarter, D-Marlow, thinks there are more than the nine identified so far, although he does not know who they are. "I think there are more Democrats that are probably card-carriers," said McCarter, a Chickasaw and the only Democrat on either list. The Democratic Party gives Indian voters credit for a number of important election victories, including that of Gov. Brad Henry, who is Cherokee. In the 2004 presidential election both parties courted the native vote, and both had sizeable native delegations at their national conventions, McCarty said.
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Indians in the Legislature This list includes Oklahoma lawmakers identified as American Indian by the National Conference of State Legislatures or by two House freshmen who are compiling their own list. All are members of the House of Representatives: Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, Cherokee Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, Creek Doug Cox, R-Grove, Creek Shane Jett, R-Norman, Cherokee Lisa Johnson-Billy, R-Purcell, Chickasaw-Choctaw Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville, affiliation unknown Ray McCarter, D-Marlow, Chickasaw Doug Miller, R-Norman, Cherokee Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, Citizen Band Potawatomie