The Fifth Osage Nation Congress elected Congresswoman Angela Pratt to be Congressional Speaker on Sept. 28. Her election follows the resignation of Congressman Archie Mason.
In a 7-5 vote Pratt bested Second Speaker Otto Hamilton, who will remain Second Speaker.
Congresswoman Maria Whitehorn nominated Pratt. Voting for Pratt were Congress members Alice Buffalohead, Shannon Edwards, Mason, William “Kugee” Supernaw, Joseph Tillman, Whitehorn and Pratt. Congressman John Maker nominated Hamilton. Voting for Hamilton were Congressmen RJ Walker, Ron Shaw, John Maker, James Norris and Hamilton.
She was nominated against Mason in July for Speaker but lost by one vote after a series of tie votes. She was also nominated for Second Speaker in July against Hamilton but Hamilton won by one vote, also after a series of tie votes.
Pratt is in her third year of her first term on the Congress; she is the fourth woman to hold the position of Speaker. Her aunt Jerri Jean Branstetter was also Congressional Speaker when she served on the First and Second ON Congress.
She is currently the Chair for the Rules and Ethics and Cultural congressional committees. She also sits on the Appropriations, Commerce and Economic Development, and Health and Social Services congressional committees.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She served in the U.S. Army as a Patriot Missile Crew member; she is also a member of the American Legion Post 198.
Before she was elected to the Fourth Osage Nation Congress she worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and she was the director for Financial Assistance programs for the Nation.
She is married to Edward Gray, the General Manager of the Skiatook Osage Casinos, and together they have seven children and reside in Skiatook. Her parents are the late Dr. Michael Pratt Sr. and Patricia Barnes Pratt. Her maternal grandparents are the late Angie Malone Barnes and Jerome Barnes Sr. Maternal great-grandparents are the late Nellie Morrell Roubidoux and George Pratt Sr., and the late Rose McDougan Malone and Ralph Malone Sr. Her paternal grandparents are the late Lottie Shunkamolah Pratt and Charles Pratt Sr., and the late Margaret and Joe Shunkamolah. She is three-fourths Osage and originally from Hominy. She has served as a committee cook for the Zon-Zo-Li^ District for several years.
For more information on the Fifth Osage Nation Congress, visit their webpage at: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/legislative-branch
[Correction: Congresswoman Maria Whitehorn nominated Pratt, not Congresswoman Alice Buffalohead.]