Canadian County Democrats will host Angela Monson, outreach and legislative director for Oklahoma Policy Institute, during the group’s April 11 meeting.
In her role at the Oklahoma Policy Institute, Monson and her team create advocacy opportunities focused on equitable and fiscally responsible policies and expanded opportunities for all Oklahomans.
Monson previously served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1990 until her election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1993. She was assistant majority floor leader and chair of the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Education Committee.
In that role, Monson was a primary sponsor of many bills that became law, including mobile phone 911 access, ad valorem tax reform, early voting and mental health parity. She was also one of the chief architects of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid agency.
Monson completed her service in the state legislature in 2005.
She would later go on to work as director of health policy and associate provost for Community Partnerships and Health Policy for the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. She also served as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
Monson was also elected chair of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education and served one four-year term in that district-wide elected position.
A strong advocate for educational opportunities for all, Monson earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree in corrections at Oklahoma City University. She is a graduate of Douglass High School in Oklahoma City.
She raised her niece and nephew after the death of their mother and is the proud grandmother of four. She is an active member of the Voice of Praise Baptist Church, where her mother, Rev. Epron Monson, was the founding pastor.
“Sen. Angela Monson has been an advocate for policy change leader in health care, education, social justice, taxes and other important issues for more than five decades,” Brennan Bratcher, Canadian County Democrats affirmative action officer, said. “Her work with community, faith-based, civic and civil rights organizations has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans.”
County Democrats’ meetings are open to the public and held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Yukon Police Department, located at 100 S. Ranchwood Blvd. Those gatherings are held the second Monday of each month, except December. In addition to the in-person meeting in Yukon, the monthly gathering is also available online through Zoom, at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5515451639, by phone at (346) 248-7799 or through a livestream on the Democrats’ Facebook page, found by searching for “Canadian County Democrats.”