Nancy Riley Edit Profile
She attended Oklahoma Christian College for three years, then married and started a family. She later graduated from Langston University and began teaching elementary school in the Tulsa Public Schools system. She graduated from Edison High School in 1976.
Riley's first husband died from a brain tumor. During that time Riley was forced to live on food stamps. Early
Riley was elected as a Republican in 2000 and re-elected in 2004 still as a Republican.
In 2006 Riley ran for the office of Lt. Governor as a Republican where she came in third and received 41,984 votes or 23.46%. Her showing was strong enough to force a runoff between House Speaker Todd Hiett and Senator Scott Pruitt.
Following the July 25 primary Riley surprised everyone when she announced that she was switching parties to become a Democrat. Before she switched parties the Democrats had a slim one seat margin in the Senate, illustrating the importance of her move. She felt that moderates like herself were no longer relevant in the Republican party, although many say personality conflicts with the Party were more important.
The driving force in my decision is that no one in leadership is listening to moderates in the Oklahoma Republican Party. In April 2007 GOP Senate leader Glenn Coffee saw defeating Riley as the top priority in 2008. Democrats have made it a top priority to retain Riley.
Riley said after the 2007 legislative session that she feels more independent in the Democratic caucus, and can vote her own way rather than the party line. Riley served as Democratic Whip, Co-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services, and on the Appropriation, Education, Transportation, and Retirement and Insurance committees. On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, Senator Riley's bid for a third term in the state Senate ended when she was defeated in the general election by the Republican candidate, Tulsa businessman Dan Newberry.
General Election November 4, 2008
General Election November 7, 2004
General Election November 2, 2000.
Democratic Party, Republican Party.
Member of Green Country Council Camp Fire (advisory committee member), NCSL, ALEC, Hoover Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, Berryhill Parent-Teacher Organization, Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma.
Married Jerry Riley.