State Representative Claudia Griffith is a lifelong Oklahoman who has spent her adult life in Norman. She raised her three children in Norman Public Schools and spent countless hours volunteering as President of the PTA at Jefferson Elementary, Longfellow Middle School and Norman North High School.

Claudia and her husband Jim have been married 46 years and together they have built a successful small business in Norman. She is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Claudia was Norman Regional Hospital’s first full time Patient Education Coordinator, she worked at Cleveland County Health department and was a program consultant at Oklahoma University Health Promotions, working with Native American tribes all over the United States on health issues. She served as Executive Director of Health for Friends, a healthcare non-profit organization which provided prenatal, chronic disease, pharmacy and dental services to the underserved.

Claudia was one of the first Oklahomans to volunteer as a responder in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. She remembers an Oklahoma that came together after that horrible tragedy and she believes that Oklahomans can come together again to solve any problem.

In the State House Rep. Griffith has worked on legislation to help victims of rape and domestic violence, develop public-private partnership business opportunities, and increase equality for the elderly and disabled. She was appointed by the Governor to the Oklahoma Veterans Task Force which works to improve services for veterans across our state.

23 years ago was a day that changed Oklahoma forever. It also changed me. I was a responder at the Murrah bombing and helped my fellow Oklahomans as their nurse through that terrible tragedy and it shaped who I am today.

When I first ran for office, someone asked me why I was running and why I wanted to serve in such a polarizing political environment. The answer was simple: I looked back to that tragic day in 1995 and remembered Oklahomans of every party affiliation, every background, every creed, came together to mourn and rebuild. In the face of that terrible tragedy, we really saw the Oklahoma standard shine through. I know Oklahomans are at our best when we stick together and have each others backs. That's why I served that day and why I continue to serve in the legislature.

I know I'm saying a prayer tonight for the families that lost their loved ones on that tragic day. We will never forget.
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