Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Legislative News

July 17, 2008

Billy to seek re-election to House District 42

Rep. Lisa J. Billy announced her intention to continue to serve the residents of House district 42 today, saying she will seek re-election this fall.

Since her election in 2004, Rep. Billy has fought hard for the residents of central Oklahoma, especially when it comes to protecting the life of the unborn. Each year she has worked passionately to pass pro-life legislation. She has also been a proponent of education, helping to increase funding to historic levels over the past few years.

This year, Billy was a leader in the successful effort to override the governor's veto of legislation meant to save the lives of Oklahoma babies.

“My goal is to represent every resident in my district and give them a voice at the Capitol,” said Billy, R-Purcell. “But, I especially take my role as a voice for our most vulnerable - our children and the elderly - extremely seriously.”

A Chickasaw citizen, Billy serves as the co-chair of the bi-partisan Native American Caucus and is chairman of the International, Federal and Trial Relations Subcommittee. She also serves on the General Government and Transportation Committee and the Human Services Committee.

She has been a long-time supporter of state employees and ensuring their pay remains competitive. Because of that stance, Billy has been endorsed by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association.

“Our state employees provide critical services to Oklahomans, so we must do all we can to retain those workers,” said Billy.

A strong advocate for foster care families, Billy has worked with Gov. Brad Henry to provide an insurance package for parents who foster children in their homes.

She has also worked to bring much-needed infrastructure funding to her district, including $150,000 for handicap accessibility at the Garvin County Courthouse. This session the Legislature also provided $300 million in funding for backlogged road and bridge repair and maintenance.

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