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More women seeking seats in Oklahoma Legislature

Oklahoma ranks nearly last in the percentage of female lawmakers in the country. Nearly 40 women have filed for legislative seats this year.

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: June 27, 2010
More women are running for legislative offices this year in Oklahoma, the state with the second-lowest percentage of female lawmakers in the country.

If every female candidate wins her race, the number of women in the Legislature could nearly double after the November elections. That is unlikely, though, as some female contenders face an uphill battle against male incumbents.

Still, the nearly...
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Women and Legislative Seats

Women re-elected to the House of Representatives who drew no opposition: Reps. Lee Denney, R-Cushing; Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond; Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay; Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle; Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa; Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City; and Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City.

Female senators in the middle of their terms: Sens. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa; Susan Paddack, D-Ada; and Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City.

Female senators leaving in November: Sens. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, and Mary Easley, D-Tulsa.

Female legislative candidates

Senate: Janica Edmonds of Morris, District 8; Donna Spring of Ardmore, District 14; Sharon Parker of Norman, District 16; Janice Aldridge and Kim David, both of Wagoner, District 18; Susan Hardy Brooks of Tuttle and Linda Molsbee of Newcastle, District 24; Liz Donnelly of Oklahoma City, District 40; and Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, District 48.

House: Traci Barnes of Poteau, District 3; Annie J. Goolsby of Gore, District 15; Carolyn McNatt Hill of McAlester, District 18; Rep. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, District 23; Rep. Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, District 29; Donna Marie Voegelpohl of Sapulpa, District 30; Emily Virgin of Norman, District 44; Amy Corley of Newalla, District 53; Maya Torralba of Anadarko, District 56; Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, District 64; Jadine Nollan of Sand Springs, District 66; Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa, and Molly McKay of Tulsa, District 78; Brittany M. Novotny of Bethany and Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, District 84; Gail Vines of Oklahoma City, District 85; Dana Orwig of Oklahoma City, District 87; Wanda Jo Peltier of Oklahoma City, District 93; Zana Williams of Oklahoma City, District 94; Elise Hall of Oklahoma City, District 100.


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