Mother and Representative

Lisa Billy

Though Lisa Billy works in a field that is predominantly male, and predominantly white, she says the biggest challenge to her credibility has been being a "housewife" and mother. She discusses the battles she fought against others' preconceived notions and her own occasional bouts with self-doubt on her journey to the state capitol.

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Teaching Children to Live from the Land

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Lisa Billy has made it a priority to teach her children to live from the land in the way of their ancestors.

Overcoming Obstacles

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Though the career of any public official is filled with challenges, Lisa Billy's Chickasaw heritage keeps her from being discouraged.

Influence of Motherhood

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Even when Lisa Billy is at the capitol and her children are in school, she is still heavily influenced by her role as a mother.

Typical Day in My Life

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Lisa Billy's job sometimes requires her to work 14- and 15-hour days, but she always makes spending time with her family a priority.

Passions in Legislature

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Chief among Lisa Billy's priorities in the legislature are two things.

First Female Native American Congresswoman in District

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Lisa Billy is not only the first female congressman in her district— she is also the first Indian.

Overcoming Labels in Politics

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Campaigning door to door, Lisa Billy came to the harsh realization that in politics, it was still very much a man's world.