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Constitution Award

The Honorable Penny Williams2004 Honoree

The Honorable Penny Williams
Oklahoma State Senate

Penny Williams was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1980, where she served until 1988. She was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1988 and retired at the end of the last session. She authored the historic education reform legislation, House Bill 1017, which overhauled the state’s K-12 education programs and provided increased funding to schools. She also authored 12 other major pieces of approved legislation to improve the state’s K-12 public schools.

In the realm of higher education, she authored legislation creating Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants (OTAG) for public and private college students, the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP) and the Oklahoma Council for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

In the past legislative session, she was Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Human Resources Committee, and served on the Appropriations Committee, Government Operations and Agency Oversight Committee, and the Transportation Rules Committee.

She attended the University of Tulsa, the University of Teheran and Sarah Lawrence College.