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2006 Kate Barnard Award Recipient
State Senator Angela Monson
Senator Monson served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from November 1990 until her election to the State Senate. Senator Monson serves as immediate past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. She previously served as president and a member of the Executive Committee of the NCSL, and as chair of the NCSL Health Committee. Senator Monson is an Executive Committee member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislatures. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Reforming States Group, a Milbank Memorial Fund health care initiative, serves on the board of Families USA Foundation, and is a National Advisory Committee member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Coverage Initiatives program.
In 1998, Senator Monson was appointed to the National Advisory Council to the National Health Service Corps, and was Chair of that Council until the spring of 2002. Honors and awards she has received include Legislator of the Year awards from the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, the Psychological Association, and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Friends of Children Award from the Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children. She is a Commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.
Senator Monson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections from Oklahoma City University, and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has been executive director of the Oklahoma Health Care Project, a fiscal analyst for the Oklahoma State Legislature, a municipal management consultant for the East Central Rural Municipal Area Council, and a probation and parole officer for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. She actively works with elementary schools, churches and other school-related community organizations and initiatives, and is very active in the Voice of Praise Baptist Church.