Tess’ mother was an elementary teacher. Her father is a retired Army officer. Their service inspired Tess, teaching her the values of hard work and patriotism at an early age.
Tess managed the Journal Record newspaper’s Legislative Reporting Service at the Oklahoma Capitol prior to her election. Managing a staff of four, she oversees coverage of the entire legislative process.
From bill filings and committee work to floor debates and final votes, Tess has worked with elected officials on literally thousands of bills and legislative issues. Tess has also worked in the office of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and the Republican National Committee in Washington.
Tess graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University. She is a Christian who is active in her faith.
In 2012, Tess spent her summer in Malawi, Africa, building orphanages and ministering to local villages. She’s organized fundraising events for clean water wells in Rwanda and spent the summer of 2014 volunteering in a South African refugee center teaching English, Math, and Science.
As your state rep, Tess focuses on similar initiatives for our kids – working to build mentorship, volunteerism and reading programs through local schools and libraries.