Sen. Andrew Rice
38; State Democratic Leader, Oklahoma Senate; Oklahoma City
Though Andrew is outnumbered in the Oklahoma Senate, he says one of the most valuable lessons his leadership position has taught him is to be respectful.
“Personal relationships in the legislature are crucial, even when you disagree on policy,” he says.
“If I am doing my job well, I will inevitably make someone, or some group, unhappy. It’s unavoidable.”
He says a typical day on the job is anything but. “One day can be very hectic with many meetings, constituent calls and fires to put out. The next day can be a slow trudge of ‘hurry up and wait’ bureaucracy.”