A former Oklahoma state legislator with a district that included a piece of Garvin County has taken a position in the new administration of Governor Kevin Stitt.
Lisa Billy has been appointed secretary of Native American Affairs, a cabinet position requiring Senate confirmation.
“Lisa has been a consistent and faithful representative for the people of Oklahoma, from her time serving in the Oklahoma Legislature to her role today in the Chickasaw Nation Legislature,” said Gov. Stitt.
“She will bring her hard-work ethic and wealth of experience to the table in order to serve as an advisor to my administration and help foster strong partnerships between our tribal governments and the State of Oklahoma.”
Billy currently serves in the Chickasaw Nation Legislature, a seat she has held since 2016. She previously served in the tribe's Legislature from 1996 to 2002.
Billy also served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2004 to 2016 representing District 42, which covers most of Garvin County.
During her time in the Legislature, Billy held various leadership roles including floor leader from 2014 to 2016, deputy whip from 2004 to 2008 and vice chair of the Republican Caucus from 2006 to 2008.
She formed the Native America Caucus in the Oklahoma Legislature in 2006 and has been recognized for her work on prison reformation policies.
Billy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University and a Master in Education from the University of Oklahoma.
“I have known Lisa for over 30 years,” said Neal McCaleb, ambassador for the Chickasaw Nation and former assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs under President George W. Bush.
“She is an articulate, bright, visionary, young woman who has served the state well in the legislature and her tribe well in its legislature.
“I think she will make an excellent representative of the governor with the tribes and will represent the tribes well to the governor.”