Senator Judy Eason McIntyre to gain Black Caucus tribute

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Published 16-Mar-2011

The members of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus will honor the service of outgoing state Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre with a tribute at the 19th Biennial A. C. Hamlin Awards Banquet on April 25.
“Senator McIntyre has been a tireless advocate for her causes and she has been a champion for the North Tulsa community,” said state Rep. Jabar Shumate, a Tulsa Democrat who chairs the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. “Judy has been a valued colleague, and for me personally, a trusted mentor and a good friend. While we will miss her when she leaves elective office, I have no doubt she will continue to take an active role in our community.”
McIntyre, a Tulsa Democrat, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa and later received a Bachelor’s and Master of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma.
She was elected to represent the people of House District 73 in 2002, and served in that chamber in the 49th Legislature. McIntyre was the first freshman appointed to the Speaker’s Leadership Team in the House of Representatives.
She was then elected to the Oklahoma State Senate District 11 in 2004. In 2011, she was chosen to serve as Democratic Whip.
Besides her normal standing committee assignments, she was appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Pensions to address the more than $16 billion in unfunded liabilities of the state’s pension systems.  She was also chosen to serve on the Senate Redistricting Committee. 
McIntyre has earned many honors throughout her career.
In 2002, she was one of 16 black women from 12 states selected as a Fellow for the NOBEL/Women (National Organization of Black Elected Legislators/Women) for the NOBEL/Women CAWP (Center for American Women and Politics/Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University) Leadership Institute.
McIntyre’s pre-legislative career was also dedicated to public service. She retired from the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division after 31 years. She also served on the Tulsa Public School Board for 16 years serving as President for two years.
She holds memberships in the following organizations: Member, Vernon AME Church; Chair of the Tulsa County Democrat Lunch Club; 1921 Race Riot Design Committee; the Greenwood Re-Development Authority; the NAACP; CWA (Communication Workers of America) Local #6086; Oklahoma Humanities Council Board of Trustees; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also the President of the Jazz Hall of Fame Board and a founding member of Soulful Survivors, Inc. (a breast cancer support group).
The tribute to McIntyre will be part of the evening’s ceremonies at 19th Biennial A. C. Hamlin Awards Banquet. The event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. dinner on Monday, April 25 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd Street in Oklahoma City.
Those wishing to attend the banquet should contact Shumate’s office at (405) 557-7406 or for further information. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, April 18.