Muslim Woman Makes History in Oklahoma
Mauree Turner, a self-descried “black, queer, muslim” woman, made history by becoming Oklahoma’s first muslim lawmaker.
Turner was elected to Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 88.
She defeated Republican Kelly Barlean in the general election on November 3, 2020. Turner received 71.4% (9,603) of the votes. Barlean received just 28.6% (3,850) of the votes.
Turner’s progressive platform is centered around criminal justice reform, expanding access to affordable health care and pushing for a higher minimum wage.
Turner converted to islam following her father’s footsteps. Her father converted to islam while in prison when Mauree was just a child.
Turner worked as a community organizer for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) while attending Oklahoma State University.
She is endorsed by Rep. Ilhan Omar.