|Oklahoma State Representative|
|Constituency||44th House District|
|Alma mater||Duke University, Marywood University
American Commonwealth University
|Profession||adjunct assistant professor
Laura Boyd (born 1949) is an American politician from Oklahoma. A member of the Democratic Party, Boyd was elected in 1992 to the Oklahoma House of Representatives to represent District 44, which included Cleveland County. She served in the State House for six years until 1998 when she became the first woman to receive a major party nomination for Governor of Oklahoma. Incumbent Republican Governor Frank Keating defeated Boyd in a landslide. Eisenhower Fellowships selected Laura Boyd as a USA Eisenhower Fellow in 1999.
Boyd was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. She earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University, a master's from Marywood University, and a Doctorate in Psychology from American Commonwealth University. Boyd served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998 and Chaired the Community and Family Responsibilities Committee
First Oklahoma Woman nominee for Governor
In 1998 Boyd was the first woman nominee for Governor in Oklahoma as she won the nomination of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. She received 41% of the votes and was defeated by Republican Frank Keating. In 2002 Boyd was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma but was defeated by Republican Mary Fallin.
Dr. Boyd has sixteen years of teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as twenty-plus years of private counseling experience.
She is owner and CEO of Policy and Performance Consultants Inc. in Norman as well as national field director of Women Legislators' Lobby and executive director of the Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association.
In 2011 she was inducted in the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame.
The Ryan Luke Act, which cracks down on child abuse and sexual predators, was Boyd's major legislative contribution.
- Laura Boyd--Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project
- "Campaign 1998", National Journal.
- Lt. Governor Race Results, November 5, 2002.
- "2011 Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame Inductees", "Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women".
- "Woman of the Year profile for Laura Boyd", Sept. 15, 2006, The Jornal Record.
- Business & Professional Women of Oklahoma
- 2005-2006 Oklahoma Almanac Online--Oklahoma History
- Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project--OSU Library
- Historic House Membership Oklahoma House of Representatives.
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for Governor of Oklahoma
|Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma