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Denise Kinzie was appointed by the Speaker of the House Todd Hiett in 2005. She has served on the nominating committee of the Commission.
Kinzie was born and raised in Cushing, Oklahoma. She has been married to Kris Kinzie for thirty-three years and has two children, Olivia Porter and Kristopher Kinzie, and one grandson, Cash Porter.
Although primarily a community volunteer, over the years, she has helped her husband in the family business, the Steer Inn Family Restaurant. Also, she was employed for a time with the Cushing Chamber of Commerce as the Executive Assistant to the Director.
As a volunteer, Kinzie has helped with such organizations as United Way, Arts and Humanities Council, Chamber of Commerce, Cushing Community Theater, Hypatia Club's Festival in the Park, and is a member of Chapter AX, PEO. She has also worked as a Pack Leader with the Cub Scouts, den mother, and homeroom mother for both her children.
Active in her church, she has served as chairman of the finance committee and is a member of the church choir. Also she was selected to serve on the Ethics and Religious Committee for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
Kinzie founded "The Upper Room", youth ministry, which provided a fun and safe atmosphere for Jr.High and Sr. High young people in Cushing and the surrounding area. In 1998, the Cushing Ministerial Fellowship named her "Humanitarian of the Year" for her work with The Upper Room.
For the past eleven year, Kinzie has been the coordinator for the National Day of Prayer in Cushing, and the area coordinator for the eastern half of the state. Also, for the past ten years, she has enjoyed singing with the Singing Church Women of Oklahoma, which is an auditioned choir of 450 women sponsored by the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma. With the group, she has traveled all over the state of Oklahoma, most recently to New Mexico, and as far as Romania and Hungary.
Politically, Denise Kinzie has been involved by serving as Secretary for the Payne County Republican Party for several years.
Her favorite quote is from Margaret Thatcher, "If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman".