State Senator Angela Monson said she was honored to be chosen for a profile in a national publication. The Oklahoma lawmaker is featured in the July issue of Ebony magazine.
It really is an honor. Ive taken on issues and projects I care deeply about on behalf of the people I represent. To have that work acknowledged in a national magazine like Ebony is really the icing on the cake, said Senator Monson.
Senator Monson is the first black woman ever to be elected president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the first woman ever to serve in a top leadership position in the Oklahoma State Senate.
While in the state legislature, the Oklahoma City Democrat has authored groundbreaking legislation including a health insurance parity bill aimed at including coverage for treatable mental illnesses.
Although the demands of her leadership roles in the state legislature and NCSL have been great, Senator Monson is fully devoted to her role as mother to her late sisters children, Donovan and Danielle Gaddis.
She is also very active in the Voice of Praise Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and volunteers as an adult leader for youth activities.
I was taught that whatever talents and abilities God gives you, you should use those to give back and help those around you. I feel fortunate to have been able to do that in my community, in my state and at the national level. Ive been very blessed, said Monson.