My Edmond Outlook: Rep. Elise Hall

Written by Heide Brandes in the March 2011 Issue

Name:
Elise Hall, Oklahoma State Representative – District 100
Marketing student at the University of Central Oklahoma

What makes you unique to Edmond?
I attend UCO studying marketing, and I am the youngest person to have been elected in our state.

What made you pursue politics at such a young age?
I have always loved the political process and all its traditions and history. I did an internship where I taught the political process in 10 different states. About a year ago, I felt I needed to stand up for my generation.

Why was running for a state office important to you?
I’m 21. My generation can be lackadaisical and apathetic. I wanted to stand up for others my age, so when I turn 60, I can say I made a difference for my generation when they turn this age.

After you were elected, what was the biggest challenge about serving at the Oklahoma Capitol?
Because I had seen how the political process works previously, I haven’t had anything really blow me away yet. But, there’s a constant stream of ideas at all times. One minute, you’re talking about transportation and how it’s funded, and then you are talking about workers’ comp reform.

What’s the best part about serving in the House of Representatives?
People come in all the time from my district and talk about issues. The other legislators are inspiring. They love serving their districts and think of it as a blessing.

What is an issue that drives you at the Capitol?
I grew up in a family that depended on the success of a small business. Small business is the lifeline of our state, and I believe we need to reduce the burden on them.

What do you hope other UCO students and Edmond youth see in your example?
My goal is that they find my experience an inspiration. Just because you’re still in college doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference.

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