Senator Connie Johnson, a 33-year veteran of the Oklahoma Legislature, served as an Oklahoma State Senator for 9 years and a Senate Health and Human Services policy analyst for 24 years. First elected in 2005, she was re-elected twice, before retiring from the Senate in November, 2014, following her historic race for the US Senate, where she became the first African American and first woman in Oklahoma history to secure a major party U. S. Senate nomination. During her Senate tenure, Connie served as a member of the full Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittees on Health and Human Services and Public Safety. The ranking Democrat on Health and Human Services, she also served on the Energy, Finance, Rules, Public Safety, Transportation and Veterans standing committees.
Senator Johnson’s is a visionary, fearless champion for justice who, as a state senator, led resistance to legislation designed to marginalize already disenfranchised groups. She authored progressive legislation on issues for the advancement of the poor and people of color, women and children, LGBTQ communities, undocumented people, and cannabis policy reform. She fought valiantly to expose corporate influence over the state’s policy making/budget process, and publicly condemned ALEC modeled legislation, particularly “tough on crime” measures, that commoditized human beings for imprisonment for profit.
Senator Johnson’s life has always been about helping and serving others, and increasing opportunities for all people. She believes in citizen involvement in government. A committed progressive, she continues to fight against voter suppression schemes, and believes in quality public education for all, equal access to quality health care, and a livable wage.