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March 10, 2012

Lisa Billy given Kate Barnard Award

Ada — The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women will present Natalie Shirley, OSU-OKC president and Representative Lisa Billy with its 2012 Kate Barnard Award at a ceremony and luncheon at the Oklahoma capitol  Feb. 23.

This honorary award is in memory and recognition of Oklahoman Kate Barnard, who in 1907 became the first woman to win a statewide elected office in the United States.

Lisa Johnson-Billy was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 42, in 2004. She is the first Native American and woman elected from this district. Billy is the chairman of the International, Federal and Tribal Relations Committee and she sits on the General Govt/Transportation, Human Services and the Children & Families committees. In 2006, Billy initiated the first Oklahoma Native American Caucus and currently serves as the co-chair. She is also vice-chair of the majority caucus and a deputy whip.  Prior to her election to the Oklahoma Legislature, Lisa served six years as a legislator for the Chickasaw Nation. She is also a former educator in the Department of Continuing education at the University of Oklahoma. Billy has received the Institute of Child Advocacy volunteer of the year award, has been honored with the ‘Oklahoma Spirit’ award along with Girl Scouts of the USA ‘woman of distinction’ award, and is a 2009 recipient of the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame.       

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