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Melissa McLawhorn Houston serves the State of Oklahoma as Commissioner of Labor. She was appointed to office by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on November 20th, 2015.
Houston is an experienced administrator with extensive knowledge of state government and considerable experience in state agency operational management, public policy, legislative process, and budgeting. Houston also has an in-depth background in public policy and played a key role in criminal justice reform efforts and federal anti-terrorism legislation. She is also a frequent speaker on the impact of terrorism and the importance of anti-terrorism strategies as an Oklahoma City Bombing survivor.
She served as Chief of Staff for the Oklahoma Attorney General and for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. She also has served as deputy director for the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association and as an attorney for the Oklahoma Truth in Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission.
Houston attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Letters in 1991 and a Juris Doctor in 1994. She is active in the community serving on several boards including the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Cleveland County Community Sentencing Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Norman.
She and her husband, Ben Houston, who also is an attorney, live in Norman with their two young sons.