Oklahoma governor taps Chickasaw Nation official for cabinet

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/10/2019 08:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has named Chickasaw Nation lawmaker and former state representative Lisa Billy as secretary of Native American Affairs.

Billy has served in the Chickasaw Nation Legislature since 2016 and served previously in the tribal legislature between 1996 and 2002. She served in the Oklahoma House between 2004 and 2016 and held various leadership roles in the chamber, including majority Floor Leader from 2014 to 2016 and vice chair of the House's Republican Caucus from 2006 to 2008.

She represented District 42, which includes Cleveland, Garvin, Grady and McClain Counties, from 2004 to 2016. Billy formed the Oklahoma Legislature's Native America Caucus in 2006 and has been recognized for her work in the Legislature on prison reform policies.

Billy studied at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah where she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree, double majoring in business and fine arts. She then continued on to the University of Oklahoma where she earned a master’s degree in of education.

In November 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Billy to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring in August 2024.

Billy’s appointment to the cabinet-level position requires Oklahoma Senate confirmation. She will replace former House Speaker Chris Benge, Native American Affairs secretary under former Gov. Mary Fallin.

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