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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2005

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Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan gives Sen. Angela Monson a microphone and
voting block to commemorate her service.

Senator Monson Honored

The full Senate has honored a member who is concluding her last legislative session. Sen. Angela Monson was recognized by her colleagues for her 15 years of service in the Oklahoma Legislature. The Oklahoma City Democrat is leaving office this year due to term limits.

Sen. Monson was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 and again in 1992. She won a seat in the State Senate in 1993 and eventually became the first woman to serve as part of leadership as Assistant Majority Leader. Monson was also the first African American woman to serve as President of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“Sen. Monson is one of those truly gifted individuals with talents and abilities too numerous to mention. She’s a deeply intellectual and spiritual person with an astounding ability to give of herself for the betterment of others,” said Sen. President Pro Tem Mike Morgan. “Without a doubt, the State of Oklahoma is a better place because of her work in the legislature.”

In addition to serving in leadership roles within the legislature and in national organizations, Sen. Monson created what is still considered groundbreaking legislation, including a health insurance parity bill to include coverage for treatable mental illnesses.

Despite her many professional demands, Sen. Monson has been fully devoted to her role as mother to her late sister’s children, Donovan and Danielle Gaddis.

Monson is also active in the Voice of Praise Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and volunteers as an adult leader for youth activities.

“From the time I was very young, I was taught that whatever talents and abilities God gives you, you should use those gifts to help those around you. I feel blessed because I have been able to do that through my service in the Oklahoma Legislature. It is an opportunity for which I will always be profoundly grateful,” Monson said.

For more information contact:
Senate Communications Office- (405) 521-5774

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