Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 24,
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
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,”
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