Senator Connie Johnson recently retired after serving thirty-three years in the State Senate, representing Oklahoma City’s predominantly African American “Eastside,” where her focus on health, mental health and human services issues that disproportionately affect the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women, children, and people with disabilities was game-changing.
Johnson made Oklahoma history as the first woman and African American to win the US Senate nomination of any major political party. Her legislative efforts and reproductive health rights advocacy were featured on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show’s “Bro. Choice,” and helped lead to the defeat of Oklahoma’s “Personhood” Bill in 2012.
Sen. Johnson served on the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. She was the ranking Democratic member of the Health and Human Services Committee. She also served on Energy, Finance, Veterans, Public Safety, and Rules Standing Committees.
The 2014 Oklahoma Democratic Party Veterans’ Committee Legislator of the Year, Johnson is immediate past vice chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. As the 2016-2017, Chair of the Oklahoma Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty, she led the statewide campaign against State Question 776, which put the death penalty in the Oklahoma Constitution.
Johnson is a native Oklahoman who was born in Holdenville, OK; she has lived in Dustin, Idabel, Oklahoma City, Stella and Forest Park, OK. She is the mother of three adult children, and she has two granddaughters. Connie graduated with honors from OKC’s Frederick A. Douglass High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Langston University’s Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. She is a lifelong member of The Church Of The Living God.