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Rebecca Hamilton (politician)

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Rebecca Hamilton
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
from the 89th district
In office
Preceded byL. H. Bengston, Jr.
Succeeded byKevin Hutchcroft
In office
Preceded byCharles Ellis Gray
Succeeded byShane Stone
Personal details
Born (1948-01-08) January 8, 1948 (age 76)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseRodney Hargrave

Rebecca Hamilton (born January 8, 1948) is a former politician in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Hamilton served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1981 to 1986 and again in 2003 until 2015. Both times Hamilton represented district 89.

Early life[edit]

Rebecca Hamilton was born in her district in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hamilton grew up in south Oklahoma City with one younger sister. Her father worked at the stockyards and her mother also worked in the stockyards as a weighmaster. Hamilton graduated from Capitol Hill High School. In high school, one of Hamilton's teachers ran for office and Hamilton helped him campaign with her classmates. This initial exposure to politics took place when Hamilton was only fifteen years old.

Political career[edit]

In the 1970s, Hamilton became interested with the women's rights movement and was very involved with the Women's Political Caucus. She was the state treasurer and on the finance committee of the National Women's Political Caucus. Around the time that Oklahoma was trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, Hamilton ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives and lost by 21 votes.[1]

House of Representatives[edit]


In 1980, Hamilton ran against an incumbent member and won. Hamilton sponsored several controversial bills during her first six years in office.[2] Her first bill that was made into law made rape by instrumentation against the law, as well as established the illegality of spousal rape. Hamilton was the original author of the Protective Order in Oklahoma.[3] Hamilton married fellow Oklahoma representative Rodney Hargrave in 1983. In 1986, Hamilton had a baby and decided to stay home with her children rather than running for office again.


  • Chair of Health Committee

When Hamilton came back to the House of Representatives, she had changed from pro-choice to anti-abortion. As a result, Hamilton was the primary author of House Bill 1686 in 2005.[4] This bill required informed consent prior to an abortion and mandated parental notification before an abortion could be performed on a minor.[5]


  • Chair of Commerce, Industry, and Labor Committee
  • County and Municipal Government Committee
  • Public Health Committee
  • Health Committee

Hamilton served as the Assistant Democratic Floor Leader.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hamilton is married to Rodney Hargrave and has two children, John and Hamilton. She is a Catholic, having converted during her shift to an anti-abortion stance.[7]


  1. ^ Finchum, Tanya (July 14, 2008). "Oral history interview with Rebecca Hamilton". Women of the Oklahoma Legislature. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Rebecca Hamilton". Openstates. Sunlight Foundation. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rebecca Hamilton". Patheos. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Schiffer, Kathy (April 27, 2015). "From Abortion Advocacy to Pro-Life Legacy". National Catholic Register. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Mock, Jennifer (July 20, 2006). "House District 89 Candidatess Staces Differ on Abortion". The Oklahoman. online digital archives. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Rebecca Hamilton's Biography". projectvotesmart.com. Vote Smart. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "About Rebecca Hamilton". Public Catholic. 27 April 2012.

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