For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2007
Senators Congratulate Former Intern on Miss Oklahoma Title
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan and Co-President
Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee have extended their congratulations to Miss
Oklahoma winner, Makenna Smith. The Oklahoma City University graduate
student interned at the Senate in 2005 when she was completing her
bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.
“We’re very proud that one of our former interns will
be representing our state in the Miss America pageant. We’re
certainly wishing her all the best from everyone here in the State
Senate,” Morgan said.
Smith interned during the 2005 legislative session with the Senate
Communications Division, assisting with press releases and at a press
conference unveiling the Senate’s wireless internet access.
“We’ve had many outstanding students intern here, but
I believe this is our first Miss Oklahoma. Senator Morgan and I have
prepared a citation of congratulations for Makenna, and she’s
been invited to come back and visit us in the 2008 session when all
our members can have an opportunity to extend their congratulations
as well,” Coffee said.
Smith said she was still “on cloud nine” and enjoying
her new role as Miss Oklahoma, and said she was looking forward to
returning to the State Senate. She said her internship helped her
to become a more involved citizen.
“The first day I walked in, the staff told me I would get the
bug and not want to leave. I have been back every year, sitting in
the gallery to listen and becoming more involved in making my voice
heard,” Smith said. “It really changed the way that I
view what goes on in our state—I understand the process more.
It encouraged me to take a more active role in our state government.”
Smith, whose platform as Miss Oklahoma is seat belt safety, said she
hoped to be involved with safety issues at the State Capitol in the
For more information contact:
Senator Morgan's Office - (405) 521-5605
Senator Coffee's Office - (405) 521-5654