Legislature is disproportionately white. These candidates are trying to change that
July 12, 2020
Every seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and half of the state Senate is up for election in November. Of the 187 remaining candidates, just eight are Black and three are Hispanic, according to an Oklahoma Watch review of June 30 primary results.
Black and Hispanic lawmakers have historically been underrepresented in the state Legislature. There are currently seven Black and three Hispanic representatives. In 2016, there were five Black and two Hispanic legislators. Oklahoma’s population is 11.1% Hispanic and 7.8% Black, according to 2019 U.S. Census data.
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