OKLAHOMA CITY -- State Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa, on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on the passing of former State Senator Maxine Horner.
“Generations of Oklahomans have a better life today because of the service of Senator Maxine Horner,” said Rep. Regina Goodwin. “It is impossible to count the number of lives Senator Horner impacted during her time on Earth. Her loss will be felt by her friends and family and a community of people who were able to find hope and education due to her efforts.
“Senator Horner’s legacy is long. Not only does it include being one of the first Black women to serve in the Oklahoma Senate, Senator Horner also began ‘Oklahoma’s Promise,’ which is a scholarship program that has allowed generations of Oklahomans attain a college education.
“Senator Horner, with the help of former State Rep. Don Ross, also began what is now called the Greenwood Cultural Center. Her vision for Oklahomans to have a place to see and understand our history and culture will continue for many years to come.
“Today, the House Democratic Caucus lifts up Senator Horner’s family during this difficult time, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in a way that honors Senator Horner’s dedication to the people she served.”