First elected in September of 2015 and re-elected in 2016, Cyndi Munson became the first Asian-American woman elected to the Oklahoma Legislature. She has concentrated her legislative efforts on providing equal pay for equal work, strengthening the rights of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, assisting Oklahoma’s veterans, and working to make life easier for our loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Originally from Lawton, Cyndi developed her passion for public service at an early age. Her father’s military service taught Cyndi and her sister, Sandra, the importance of giving back. A first generation college student, Cyndi graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she earned a Master of Science in Leadership Education. Cyndi also spent a semester of her college experience studying at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Before her election to the Legislature, Cyndi spent a decade working and volunteering in Oklahoma City’s non-profit community. In her most recent work with Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, she provided leadership programs for thousands of girls in low-income schools, juvenile detention centers, and public housing.
Cyndi is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 31 and an alumni member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class VIII. She serves on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, is a member of the Oklahoma Messages Project Board of Directors, and is the past chair of the Infant Crisis Services Young Professionals Group. In her free time, Cyndi enjoys running, reading, mentoring young women, trying new local restaurants and attending events in Oklahoma City, and spending time with her family and friends. Cyndi is also a member of Crestwood Vineyard Church in Oklahoma City.
A product of Oklahoma public schools, Cyndi knows that our state is only as strong as our public schools. Cyndi is dedicated to ensuring that our schools have the funding they need to provide a first-class education and our teachers have the pay and benefits they deserve. She has consistently fought for more resources for our classrooms and voted against budgets that don’t provide the investments that our children need. Prioritizing Women, Girls, and Seniors Oklahoma is ranked the second worst state in the nation for women to live in. 49% of women in Oklahoma will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. There are over 150,000 cases of abuse or mistreatment of senior citizens each year. That’s why Cyndi has made it a priority to introduce legislation that provides equal pay for equal work, strengthened the rights of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and makes life easier for our loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The daughter of a veteran and retired Master Sergeant, Cyndi believes that we must work our hardest to honor the service that Oklahoma’s veterans have given our country. Cyndi sponsored legislation that has made it easier for veterans serving overseas to receive benefits they deserve and has worked to ensure our veterans services are fully funded