Now that the November elections are behind us and the Legislative session is about to begin, I thought I'd tally up how many women in Oklahoma hold a statewide-elective position, how many women are State Senators and how many women are State Representatives. I've also tried to determine how many women state legislators are in a position of leadership this year. Here is what I came up with; let me know if I got any of this wrong, please! Thanks...
WOMEN IN STATEWIDE ELECTIVE OFFICE (3 of 8 positions or 38%)
There are 11 statewide elective offices in Oklahoma of which three are currently held by women. They are:
Mary Fallin, Governor
Dana Murphy, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner
Janet Barresi, Superintendent of Public Instruction
WOMEN IN OKLAHOMA STATE SENATE ( 4 of 48 or 8%)
Of the 48 members of the Oklahoma State Senate, four are women. One is a Republican and three are Democrats.
1.) Judy Eason McIntyre (D - District 11)
2.) Susan Paddack (D - District 13)
3.) Kim David (R - District 18)
4.) Constance N. Johnson (D - District 48)
Women in Senate Leadership Positions for 2011-2012 (Republicans 0%; Democrats 22%):
Thirty-two of the 48 Senate members are Republican. There are 11 Senate Majority Leadership positions. None are held held by a women.
Sixteen of the 48 Senate members are Democrat. There are 9 Senate Minority Leadership positions. Two are held by women; Judy Eason McIntyre is a Minority Whip and Susan Paddack is the Democratic Caucus Vice Chair.
Women Senate Committee Chairs for 2011-12 (all Republican - 0%):
There are 21 Senate committees, subcommittees and joint committees. Kim David, the sole woman Senator, was not selected to chair a committee this year but does hold the position of Vice Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
WOMEN IN OKLAHOMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (15 of 101 or 15%)
Of the 101 members in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, 15 are women. They are:
1.) Sue Tibbs (R - District 23)
2.) Skye McNiel (R - District 29)
3.) Lee Denney (R - District 33)
4.) Marian Cooksey (R - District 39)
5.) Lisa Billy (R - District 42)
6.) Emily Virgin (D - 44)
7.) Leslie Osborn (R - District 47)
8.) Ann Coody (R - District 64)
9.) Jadine Nollan (R - 66)
10.) Pam Peterson (R - District 67)
11.) Jeannie McDaniel (D - District 78)
12.) Sally Kern (R - District 84)
13.) Rebecca Hamilton (D - District 89)
14.) Anastasia Pittman (D - District 99)
15.) Elise Hall (R - 100)
Women in House Leadership Positions for 2011-2012 (Republicans 21%, Democrats 7%)
Of the 101 members of the House of Representatives, 70 are Republican. There are 24 House Majority Leadership positions of which five positions are held by four Republican women. They are:
Lisa Billy is an Assistant Majority Floor Leader.
Leslie Osborn is an Assistant Majority Floor Leader.
Skye McNiel is the Majority Whip.
Marian Cooksey is an Assistant Majority Whip.
Marian Cooksey is also Secretary of the Majority Caucus.
There are 31 Democrats in the House and 14 House Minority Leadership positions. One is held by a woman; Rep. Jeannie McDaniel is an Assistant Minority Floor Leader.
Women House Committee Chairs for 2011-2012 (all Republicans - 23%)
There are 26 House committees. Six chairmanships went to women:
Pam Peterson (Human Services)
Sue Tibbs (Public Safety)
Ann Coody (Common Education)
Sally Kern (Long-Term Care and Senior Services)
Lee Denney (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education)
Lisa Billy (Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety)
However, two vice-chairmanships went to women; they are Marian Cooksey (Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Health and Social Services) and Leslie Osborn (Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services).