A former small business owner and educator at the University of Oklahoma, Rep. Lisa Billy, a decorated Chickasaw, now serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Rep. Billy studied at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in business and fine arts. She then continued on to the University of Oklahoma, receiving her Master of Education degree. Before serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Lisa served as a legislator for the Chickasaw Nation.
Lisa is an extremely family-oriented Chickasaw and has raised her family with a rich knowledge of the Chickasaw heritage. The Billys enjoy sports, hunting, tribal dancing and serving at the Light House Worship Center.
Rep. Billy's work in the House of Representatives is unprecedented for a Native American woman. She is the past chairman of both the International, Federal and Tribal Relations Committee and the Appropriations for Public Safety Committee. She currently is an assistant majority whip, chairs the Appropriations of Higher Education Committee and sits on the General Government/Transportation, Human Services and Children & Families Committees. In 2006, she started the first Oklahoma Native American Caucus.