Bernice Shedrick

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Bernice Shedrick
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 21st district
In office
Succeeded by Mike Morgan
Personal details
Born Chickasha, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Oklahoma State University
Profession educator, Lawyer, Judge

Mary Bernice Shedrick represented Oklahoma State Senate District 21 from 1980–1996. In 1994 she was a candidate for Governor of Oklahoma. Shedrick is now a part-time Administrative Law Judge in Payne and Logan counties and is a member of the Ethics Commission of Oklahoma.


Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma Shedrick earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University. Shedrick taught in the Stillwater Public School system from 1969 to 1980 [1] before running for a seat in the state senate. Elected in 1980, Shedrick was the third woman to serve in the Oklahoma Senate.

While serving in the Senate, Shedrick earned her juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University Law School. In 1996 Shedrick was inducted in the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame.


Shedrick focused on education during her time in the Senate. She served as primary author on HB 1017, also known as the Oklahoma Educational Reform Act, which was signed into law by the Governor in April 1990.[2] She was also an original author of HB 1286 which established the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in 1983. There is a library in the school named after Shedrick.[3]


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