Born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, Connie’s father’s career as a public school teacher took their family from Dustin, to Idabel at age three, and finally to Oklahoma City at 6 years old. She excelled in the Oklahoma City public school system, graduating as a top student from Frederick A. Douglass High School, and earned a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated with a BA in French and completed coursework towards a master’s degree in education. She earned a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2010 from Langston University, Oklahoma’s only Historically Black College and University.
A lifelong Democrat, in 2005, Senate District 48 voters elected Connie as the fourth person to serve the district, after her service for 24 years as a Senate policy analyst, where she worked with all three previous District 48 senators, and formed many lasting relationships on both sides of the aisle and rotunda. She previously worked as a program manager for the City of OKC Comprehensive Employment and Training Act Program and as Public Information Training Officer for the Oklahoma Community Action Agency Directors’ Association.
Sen. Johnson authored game changing health and mental health, criminal justice reform, women’s reproductive rights, education, Veterans, disability, energy, transportation and environmental legislative proposals during her tenure. She was a member of the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittees on Health and Human Services and Public Safety, and served on the Health and Human Services, Energy, Finance, Rules, Public Safety, Transportation, and Veterans standing committees.
In the State Senate, Connie fought passionately for true criminal justice, sentencing and prison reform; to protect women’s reproductive health rights; and to provide equal access to government contracts. Her 2007 signature legislation legalizing medical marijuana has benefited countless patients and business owners and rendered Oklahoma recession proof. While legalization has lessened the specter of arrest for simple possession, she believes there is yet work to do to address and right the past impact of mass incarceration related to simple marijuana possession on the lives of so many people.
As vice chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Connie was the only super delegate committed to Bernie Sanders based on his 11+ point Oklahoma win. She achieved increased diversity in the Party’s decision making process via her leadership in expanding the Central Committee’s Composition. Her voting education strategies platform promoting the benefits of applying to vote by mail proved visionary during the Covid -19 pandemic. Connie continues voting strategies advocacy via a popular pop-up program that she trains about and shares with citizens in a variety of settings, including dispensaries.
Connie now wants to apply her more than 40 years of public and community service and legislative experience to the benefit of everyday people in Oklahoma. She will fight to provide Tier One Jobs in rebuilding our infrastructure, to strengthen Oklahoma’s medicinal marijuana and industrial hemp industries, to guarantee public education, and to ensure health care as a basic human right for every Oklahoman, especially mental health services.
Connie lives in Forest Park, Oklahoma, where she chairs the FPK Board of Adjustments.She is the mother to three adult children, and grandmother to two granddaughters and one grandson.
Why I'm Running
With over 40 years of policy experience as a former state senator and legislative staffer, I bring a deep knowledge base and a work ethic to the governorship that will help restore our state’s economy with infrastructure jobs, quality education and better health care.
As a senator, I authored legislation on issues such as health, disability, public safety, education, energy, the environment and abolishing the death penalty.
As governor, I will continue to work on these and other pressing issues facing our state including expanding job opportunities via infrastructure development, strengthening public education, reforming our criminal justice system, innovating our agricultural industry, and addressing problems in our health and mental health care delivery systems.
I will work every day to:
- make childcare affordable,
- expand job opportunities,
- ensure equal pay for equal work,
- increase the minimum wage,
- protect our environment and address climate change,
- make college and job training affordable,
- protect victims of domestic violence, and
- protect women’s reproductive rights.
These commitments are important to Oklahoma's future, however, they are only a few of the issues that matter most to oklahomans. additional issues include:
- advocating for health care for all,
- real immigration reform,
- supporting farmers and their families,
- supporting energy independence,
- protecting the environment,
- supporting veterans, oklahomans with disabilities and their families,
- supporting lgbtq oklahomans and their families, and
- defending religious liberty.
I believe strongly in citizen involvement in government and as Governor of Oklahoma will fight with hard working Oklahomans for a government that is truly of, by and for the people.