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By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
Oklahoma has a female governor and was the first in the nation to elect a woman to statewide political office, but when it comes to electing women to the Legislature, the state ranks among the worst in the nation.
According to the Center for American Women and Politics, only 12.8% of Oklahoma's 149 state lawmakers are women, ranking the state 48th in the nation based on membership before the 2012 elections. Oklahoma's national ranking is unlikely to move as a result of this year's elections, since there were no net gains for women in the Legislature.
Aside from Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma has three other female statewide elected officials: State Superintendent Janet Barresi and Corporation Commissioners Dana Murphy and Patrice Douglas.
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