City, OK Oklahoma House District 42 Rep. Lisa Johnson-Billy
has been appointed to a leadership position by Oklahoma Speaker
of the House Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.
Rep. Hickman named Rep. Billy as co-floor leader Jan. 8. She
will share duties with Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City. Together
they are responsible for developing the calendar and directing floor
activity, including the scheduling of bills and resolutions for
votes on the floor.
Rep. Billy is a Chickasaw citizen and former Chickasaw Nation
legislator. She won the District 42 seat in 2004, becoming the first
woman, first Native American and first Republican elected to the
district which encompasses all or parts of Cleveland, Garvin, Grady
and McClain counties.
"I am very grateful Speaker Hickman asked me to serve in this
role," said Rep. Billy. "Debating bills and casting votes gets all
the attention, but the process behind the scenes is where the rubber
meets the road. I really believe the house has a great opportunity
to advance a conservative, Oklahoma-values agenda and I am glad
that I get to be a part of it."
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby congratulated Rep.
Billy on her leadership role.
"Lisa Billy is well-suited to this position because she understands
the legislative process and is committed to serving the best interests
of all Oklahomans," said Gov. Anoatubby. "We are very proud of the
work she has done as a member of the Oklahoma House. She has the
intelligence, dedication and commitment to serve the people of Oklahoma
well in this position."
Rep. Billy organized the Native American House Caucus and served
as assistant majority whip for the Oklahoma House before accepting
the new post.