Oklahomans are good enough and hardworking enough to deserve a state that is economically and socially secure to live, work, and enjoy family and friends. The majority of legislators have voted against the best interests of Oklahomans.  Teachers protested for stable funding, but the majority neglected to listen or respond.  Instead, they listened to partisan political leaders out-side of Oklahoma and cooperated in advancing the ambitions of a few. 

Voters in State Senate District 16 have a rare opportunity to vote for a candidate with an Oklahoma vision and voice focussed on building a better Oklahoma.

Increasing the number of highly skilled workers has been the goal of every Oklahoma Governor for decades, because it is the only way to diversify our economy and attract job well positioned for a global economy. Attracting and keeping high wage jobs is the number one indicator of economic stability, not corporate subsidies, and harsh tax cuts. 

Because of failed funding policies, Oklahoma's highly-trained teachers are leaving because they cannot afford to teach in Oklahoma. Now, our classrooms are being taught by emergency certified teachers who do not have the same high level of professional training, as envisioned in our historic House Bill 1017. 

Raising the Gross Production Tax to the same level as other states, along with other reasonable revenue generating solutions are critical to fully fund schools, career techs and universities. 

I'm Mary Brown Boren, a former school counselor, who represented teachers on the Norman Public Schools bargaining team.  I've also worked as a public interest attorney with unique political experience in rural, suburban and urban areas. 

In 1992 I married Nathan Boren, M.D. We met each other through the Sooners for Christ ministry. For more than 25 years we've battled to find the ever allusive "work-life balance," while serving our local and global neighbors in a variety of ways. We have been very involved within the Norman Public Schools where our children Altus (22), Harrison (18) and Macy (16) were taught by world-class and woefully under appreciated teachers. 

Growing up in rural Oklahoma gave me the opportunity to experience the lives of real Oklahomans. Like most Oklahomans, I lived in a working class family and had to work hard through high-school.  I chopped cotton in middle school, flipped hamburgers, sacked groceries, played basketball, marched in the band, went to church, made good grades, and attended college on full scholarship at Cameron University in Lawton Oklahoma. After college I attended law school at the University of Oklahoma where I graduated with Distinction and worked for the state of Oklahoma as a Carl Albert Executive Fellow.  

Through public service I've built a wide network of relationships: 

  • Probate attorney for large charity, 
  • PTA, and parent booster clubs, 
  • University of Oklahoma College of Education Graduate Student, 
  • Center for Children and Families
  • Adams Elementary, 
  • Little Axe High School, 
  • Norman Public Schools Teacher's Bargaining Team, 
  • Latinas W.I.N., 
  • Healthy Schools Oklahoma,
  • Alameda Church of Christ, 
  • Bible Study Fellowship International, 
  • Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, 
  • Trinity Legal Clinic, 
  • Young Democrats,
  • Oklahoma Medical School Alliance,
  • Oklahoma City NAACP, 
  • Urban League of Oklahoma City, 
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education, Director of Instructional Materials,
  • The Office of the Governor of Oklahoma, 
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, and
  • Cameron University Presidential Leaders and University Scholars. 

Learn more about my "Good Neighbor Campaign" by visiting my website.

My Vision for Oklahoma:  After years of meeting, serving, and working with Oklahomans, I believe Oklahomans are good enough and hardworking enough to deserve a state that is economically and socially secure to live, work, and enjoy family and friends.  

Like most Oklahomans I'm a Christian, but I've not always conformed to the political leanings of other church-goers. As an elected official I will recognize that everyone has the Constitutional right to make religious decisions, and expressions, free from social or governmental coercion or manipulation. My public expression of my faith has been focussed primarily on advocating for fair opportunity for those who've been overlooked by the most powerful among us. I believe in the truth of the country saying that goes, "It's better to see a sermon, than hear one."

While practicing law I fought to overcome barriers help grandparents get their grandchildren out of DHS custody, women leave abusive spouses, men overcome parent alienation to gain custody or visitation of their children, foster children achieve permanent placements, teen mothers keep and raise healthy children, and homeless parents keep their children in school. 

As school counselor I became emotionally connected to the fearlessly compassionate and intelligent classroom teachers of Little Axe, and Norman Public Schools.  Each day I witnessed teachers' amazing acts of love and courage to overcome the despondency, disrespect and fatigue aggravated by failed state policies.  

My mind, heart, and passion were permanently transformed into a much wiser advocate. Working with teachers at my schools, I  helped children receive mental health care, food, shelter, clothing, eye-glasses, and friendship. While working at Adams Elementary I was able to start a pilot program for parents of English Language Learners to learn how to help their children with homework from a Spanish speaking teacher in their community center in the mobile home community where they lived.

This life-long work makes me confident that Oklahomans are better than the majority of current Legislative leaders. Their raw ambition and partisan loyalty has betrayed Oklahoma voices and solutions. With independent leadership focused on Oklahoma solutions, I am confident Oklahoma will progress forward while preserving the best of Oklahoma. 


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Amber Koch endorsed

    “Mary has the best interests of Oklahoma's children in her heart and actions. She will be a powerful advocate for education and a leader that we so desperately need in our state right now.”

  • Lealon Taylor endorsed

    “Mary and I met while both attending OU. I can assure you she is a person of good character and truly wants the best for her community and state. I can't think of a better qualified person to be our senator than Mary Boren! Good Luck!”

  • Angela Ruth endorsed

    “Mary encompasses everything we need in a senator. Her preserverence, integrity, and her willingness to go above and beyond is unmeasurable. Mary has the ability to connect and build relationships that last a lifetime. She will be a true advocator for our teachers, students, and public education. We need Mary Boren!”

  • Shawn Sheehan endorsed

    “Mary has the character, integrity, and leadership skills that we need at the Capitol. She is an advocate and friend to public education, our children and families, and the state of Oklahoma!”

  • Destiny Warrior endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren for Senate District 16 because she is a champion for the children of Oklahoma. She is a tireless advocate for children, families, and the most vulnerable of our community.”

  • Marcie Levy endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren because her ability to fight through the mundane minutiae and details or order to achieve big-picture success is something that inspired me when we were on the same faculty at Adams Elementary in Norman. While serving the population of our school, which is Title 1 qualified, Mary Boren created impactful data collecting surveys for parents and teachers, helped students with emotional and academic needs and continuously showed me how to flourish as a working mom. During the time she worked at our school, I was able to observe her tenacity and passion for multicultural communities.”

December 28, 2017

Last call for 2017. Let's finish strong!

The campaign has grown steady and strong during the first 3 months.  More and more people have contributed, joined and volunteered to help build a better Oklahoma.

Check out the slide show on the website at www.maryboren.com.

Ending 2017 with hope would make our 2018 so much better.  Please donate $27.00 to our campaign.

September 24, 2017

Experienced Teachers make great Lawmakers

During the last week, several people have expressed the need for teachers to serve as lawmakers.  As the Oklahoma Legislature meets to balance the budget during the special session, voters are paying attention.  The cost and expense of a special session is on many voters' minds. One voter said that it is ridiculous and teachers who've been in the trenches are needed to make laws and funding choices that will bring stability to Oklahoma schools.

Also this week steps have been taken to finalize the invitation to the launch party.  Keep Friday October 27th from 5-7 pm on your calendar.  

I've also made some significant connections with local leaders who have all validated that there is a need for someone like me.  Someone who understands rural voters, who has teaching experience, and who has worked to advocate for the needs of hard working Oklahomans who just need a fair chance to compete.

Two main topics that came up during my various conversations have been education and health care.  We need both of these major services stabilized so that small business owners can keep good workers.


September 16, 2017

LAUNCH PARTY SET FOR OCTOBER 27 @ 5-7

We have a time and date selected for our launch party!

On October 27th from 5-7 p.m. we will be enjoying good appetizers from Abby Road, and great entertainment from Byron Jackson at the Rail House in Norman Oklahoma.  

The Rail House is only 2 blocks from Main Street, where the fall festival will take place that evening.  You'll be able to spend time with the most motivated, inspiring, and optimistic people in Oklahoma, and then join the halloween fun a few blocks away.  

The announcement is being designed and printed this week. Look for yours in the mail, and if you have friends, family or neighbors who you'd like to invite, email me at marybrownboren@gmail.com.


September 6, 2017

4 X 4 on Sept 6th

Tonight the campaign reached 4 endorsements and 4 contributions.  This is such an encouraging moment.  When we venture off together into an unknown direction, with the certainty that it is the right direction, small acts of encouragement mean so much.  Big thanks to all of you who have joined this effort.

August 30, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Melissa Hanke endorsed

  • Amber Koch endorsed

    “Mary has the best interests of Oklahoma's children in her heart and actions. She will be a powerful advocate for education and a leader that we so desperately need in our state right now.”

  • Lealon Taylor endorsed

    “Mary and I met while both attending OU. I can assure you she is a person of good character and truly wants the best for her community and state. I can't think of a better qualified person to be our senator than Mary Boren! Good Luck!”

  • Angela Ruth endorsed

    “Mary encompasses everything we need in a senator. Her preserverence, integrity, and her willingness to go above and beyond is unmeasurable. Mary has the ability to connect and build relationships that last a lifetime. She will be a true advocator for our teachers, students, and public education. We need Mary Boren!”

  • Shawn Sheehan endorsed

    “Mary has the character, integrity, and leadership skills that we need at the Capitol. She is an advocate and friend to public education, our children and families, and the state of Oklahoma!”

  • Destiny Warrior endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren for Senate District 16 because she is a champion for the children of Oklahoma. She is a tireless advocate for children, families, and the most vulnerable of our community.”

  • Marcie Levy endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren because her ability to fight through the mundane minutiae and details or order to achieve big-picture success is something that inspired me when we were on the same faculty at Adams Elementary in Norman. While serving the population of our school, which is Title 1 qualified, Mary Boren created impactful data collecting surveys for parents and teachers, helped students with emotional and academic needs and continuously showed me how to flourish as a working mom. During the time she worked at our school, I was able to observe her tenacity and passion for multicultural communities.”

  • Tammy Daniel endorsed