Barbara Staggs is among the few women who have served in the Oklahoma state legislature; elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1994, served through 2006; born at home; Hulbert, Oklahoma; Muskogee, Oklahoma; Tahlequah, Oklahoma; decision to run; school superintendent; family; was an only child; mentor; decision to become a teacher; Oklahoma Education Association (OEA); teachers to legislators; campaigning; philosophy; changed political parties; campaign manager; campaign costs; election; incumbent; male reaction; women legislators; gender differences; factors for women; crossbow hunting bill; living arrangements while in office; family; swearing in day; Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame; committee work; hearing bills; soft committees; typical day; office location; political philosophy; constituents; firsts; personal philosophy; teacher retirement; learning House procedures; teachers; youth; Concealed Weapons bill; annual constituent survey; Right to Work bill; lobbyists.
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Barbara Staggs was interviewed April 11, 2007 as part of the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project. Mrs. Staggs was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1994 and served through 2006. She represented House District 14 and was a member of the Democratic Party. She discusses her life as an educator, running for elected office and serving in the House. A few of her legislative efforts include the crossbow hunting bill, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and the Concealed Weapons bill.
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