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Ann Coody
Ann Coody.jpg
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
from the 64 district
Assumed office
Preceded byRon Kirby
Personal details
Born(1937-12-12)December 12, 1937
Shreveport, LA
Political partyRepublican Party (United States)
Spouse(s)Dale Coody
Alma materHardin–Simmons University, University of Oklahoma
ProfessionRetired educator, counselor, and assistant principal

Ann Coody (December 12, 1937) is a politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Elected in 2004, Coody represents district 64. She reached her term limit in 2016. Before serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Coody was a longtime educator, counselor, and assistant principal for Lawton Public Schools. To date, Coody is the primary author of 125 bills.[1]

Early life

Ann Coody was born in Shreveport, LA and lived there until she was twelve years old. The family moved to San Antonio, TX where her father was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base. Coody graduated from Alma Heights High School in San Antonio.[2]


Before departing for Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX, Coody met her future husband, Dale Coody, on a blind date. He followed Ann to Hardin-Simmons and the two dated throughout her freshman year. Ann's father was transferred to Tachikawa Air Force base in Japan and she was expected to join her family there. After spending a year abroad, Coody returned to Hardin-Simmons and finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and drama and minor in English.[2]

Married Life and Career

Soon after graduation, Dale and Ann married and spent their first year in Seagraves, TX while Dale served as the music and educational director at the First Baptist Church in Seagraves. The two moved around in Texas for a time before returning to Tulsa, OK in 1962. In 1963, after both of their children were born, Dale and Ann moved to Lawton, OK, where they have lived ever since. While teaching at Tomlinson high school, Coody received her Master's in guidance and counseling from the University of Oklahoma.[3] Soon after, Coody was hired as the school counselor at MacArthur High School and remained there for 26 years. While in this position, Coody obtained her certificate in secondary education from the University of Oklahoma. After 9 years as the counselor, she was hired at MacArthur as the Assistant Principal. Eventually Coody was hired as the principal at MacArthur high school and served in that position for 9 years.[2]

In 2000, Coody retired as principal after 39 years in education.

House of Representatives

Coody originally ran for office in 2002 as a registered democrat and lost. In 2004, Coody was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and was the first female as well as the first republican to hold the seat in her district (64). During her first session, Coody got 4 of the 8 bills she presented passed into law. To date, Coody has been the primary author of 125 legislative bills.[1] Coody was term limited in 2016.


  • Common Education, Chair
  • Conference Committee on Common Education, Chair
  • Appropriations & Budget
  • A&B Education
  • Conference Committee on Veterans & Military Affairs
  • General Conference Committee on Appropriations & Budget
  • Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget
  • Veterans & Military Affairs

Community Involvement

Coody is also a member of various organizations, including:


  1. ^ a b "Ann Coody". Sunlight Foundation. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Finchum, Tanya (January 21, 2009). "Oral history interview with Ann Coody". Women of the Oklahoma Legislature. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Ann Coody's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Representative Coody, Ann". Oklahoma State Legislature. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.

Further reading

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