|Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 18th district
|Preceded by||Kevin Easley|
|Succeeded by||Kim David|
|Member of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives|
|Preceded by||Flint Breckinridge|
|Succeeded by||Jeannie McDaniel|
|Alma mater||Friends University,
Oklahoma State University
Mary L. Easley is the Oklahoma Senator representing District 18, which includes Mayes, Tulsa and Wagoner counties, since she won a special election in 2004. She previously served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1996 through 2004, representing District 78.
Mary Easley was born in Cassville, Missouri, where her parents were farmers. She grew up around the majority of her extended family and has fond memories of being raised in rural Missouri. After high school, Easley attended Southwest Baptist University. She met her husband, Truman, and moved to Wichita, Kansas, with him for his job at Boeing Aircraft. Easley completed her undergraduate degree at Friends University as well as began to work on her master's. For about a year, she worked on her degree while teaching. After that year Easley went to Wichita State. Her first teaching position was in Valley Center, Kansas.
Oklahoma House of Representatives (1997-2004)
Toward the end of her teaching career, Easley's son Kevin was a state senator. This started to inspire Easley to become involved with politics in order to attempt to pass legislation that she was concerned about. Soon Easley decided to retire from education and begin campaigning. Her campaign slogan was the same one her son used: "Easley the Best Choice." Easley was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1997. It was the first time that a mother and son served simultaneously, though Kevin was in the Senate at the time. She served until 2004, when she took her son Kevin's Oklahoma Senate seat.
- Banking chairman
Oklahoma Senate (2004-210)
Kevin decided to leave office to pursue a different career and convinced his mother, Mary Easley, to run for his vacated seat. Easley worked on passing several bills concerned with education during her terms in the Senate. She authored the Autism Insurance Bill, which did not pass. The bill would essentially help to provide insurance for families struggling with an autistic child. Easley was especially dedicated to bettering the education of children with disabilities.
- Education committee
- Vice-chair of the Energy committee
- Vice-chair of the Transportation committee
- Darcy, R. and Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Oklahoma Women's Almanac, 2005
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- "Senate Recognizes Special Olympics Oklahoma Family Of The Year". oksenate.gov. Oklahoma State Senate. Retrieved 23 April 2015.