OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Democratic Caucus today elected a new leader for the 57thLegislature.

Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, has been chosen to lead the caucus as Minority Leader. She served as the Caucus Chair during the 56th Legislature.

Virgin’s election is historic as women now lead both Democratic Caucuses in the Oklahoma Legislature.

“It’s humbling that the caucus has faith in me to lead during this important time in Oklahoma’s statehood,” Virgin said. “I am proud to represent women in this endeavor, but make no mistake, our caucus is focused on including all Oklahomans in the conversation regardless of gender, race or income level. This caucus moved the state in a positive direction the last session and helped guarantee the largest teacher pay raise in state history. We will fight to build on this success – not only in education but also in access to health care, expansion of mental health services, criminal justice reform, and providing opportunities for quality employment in Oklahoma communities.”

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