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Introducing Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins

by Andy Lester
2/4/2010 3:56:00 PM

     Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins has been a leader in all branches of Oklahoma government. She has served as a Special Judge and as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor. Three weeks after her initial appointment to the Pardon and Parole Board, her fellow members elected her as the first woman ever to chair the board.

    She is the first Democratic woman elected Lieutenant Governor, the first woman to become Democratic Leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and the first woman to be elected State Representative from Southwest Oklahoma. She represented District 50 (Stephens, Comanche and Cotton Counties) in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and served for twelve years.

    Askins grew up in Duncan. She graduated from Duncan High School, received her BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and earned a Juris Doctorate from the OU College of Law.

    Our Lieutenant Governor has received numerous awards during her career in public service. Honors include “outstanding legislator” awards from dozens of organizations, the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation President’s Award, the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Kate Barnard Award, and the “Commitment to Excellence Award” from the Oklahoma Academy.  She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

    She is a director of Arvest Bank in Duncan and a member of the Duncan Noon Lions Club, the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals, and the First Christian Church.

    I read somewhere that, since 2007, Jari Askins has attended several thousand meetings, conferences and events throughout Oklahoma. I believe it. In her fourth year as Lieutenant Governor, Askins has been active all around the state, promoting Oklahoma at every turn. I have come to know Lt. Gov. Askins, and greatly respect her hard work and dedication to Oklahoma, Oklahomans, and what she calls “Oklahoma Values of family, faith, honesty, hard work and education.” She regularly puts into practice our Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.”

    Please join me in welcoming to the Rotary Club of Edmond, Oklahoma’s 15th Lieutenant Governor, Jari Askins.

    Andy
 



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