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Susan Winchester is currently serving as President for the Research Institute for Economic Development, a pro-growth pro-economic development business group that oversees the direction of the legislative climate in Oklahoma and works to ensure that Oklahoma moves forward toward being number one in progressive business ventures.

With a bachelor’s degree in business education and a master’s in human resource management from the University of Oklahoma, Winchester is a member of numerous local and state organizations promoting leadership development.  She currently sits on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma City National Memorial,  the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and is a Regent for the Regional University System of Oklahoma.   In addition, she serves as a board member for the Oklahoma School of Science and Math Foundation, the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits, the Foundation for Excellence and The University of Science and Arts Foundation.  She is also a member and former board member of Leadership Oklahoma.  In 2005 she was selected as one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation for participation in the Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

In 2006, Susan was recognized as the Oklahoma Woman of the Year by the Journal Record newspaper.

Other awards and honors include The 2008 Defender of Free Enterprise Award from the Oklahoma State Chamber, the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and the 2008 Legislator of the Year Award from the Department of Disabilities,  In addition her she has received the 2006 Citizen Recognition Award- Oklahoma Library Association; 2006 Kate Barnard Award- Oklahoma Association of Youth Services; and the 2004 Exceptional Commitment Award from the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals.

In 1998, Winchester was elected to represent State House District 47.  Having earned a record of leadership and a reputation for getting things done, she was elected Oklahoma’s first woman Speaker Pro Tempore during the 50th session of the state Legislature.

She is married to Supreme Court Justice James Winchester.  Together, they have a son, Davis.


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