Brenda Reneau

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Brenda Reneau
Oklahoma Labor Commissioner
In office
1994–2007
Preceded byDave Renfro
Succeeded byLloyd Fields
Personal details
Borncirca 1955
Fort Hood, Texas
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceEdmond, Oklahoma
ReligionBaptist
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Brenda Reneau
Oklahoma Labor Commissioner
In office
1994–2007
Preceded byDave Renfro
Succeeded byLloyd Fields
Personal details
Borncirca 1955
Fort Hood, Texas
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceEdmond, Oklahoma
ReligionBaptist
[1]

Brenda Reneau was a Republican politician from the US state of Oklahoma. Reneau served as the Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor for three consecutive terms. First elected in 1994, she is the only woman to serve as Labor Commissioner. Reelected in 1998 and 2002, she lost her bid for another term in 2006 and her term ended in January 2007.

First campaign for office[edit]

In Reneau's first campaign for office, she was endorsed by The Oklahoman against incumbent Dave Renfro.[2] In the endorsement, it was noted that a third of the employees in Renfro's office were on the "verge of mutiny" due to "his favoritism, biased enforcement, and the sexual tensions in their daily working environment."[2]

First re-election campaign[edit]

In Reneau's first re-election campaign, she faced the father of J.C. Watts and was again endorsed by The Oklahoman.[3]

Personal life[edit]

During her service as Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor, Reneau became estranged from her husband and moved out, living in her parent's home at the time.[4]

Personal death[edit]

December 5, 2013. Natural causes.

Legacy[edit]

In 2013, Tulsa businessman Larry Mocha credited Reneau with improving the relationship with the business community and said the relationship has continued with her predecessors, Lloyd Fields and Mark Costello.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau Profile on Newsok.com. (accessed October 24, 2013)
  2. ^ a b "For Brenda Reneau," The Oklahoman, October 27, 1994.
  3. ^ "Brenda Reneau," The Oklahoman, October 25, 1998.
  4. ^ Monies, Paul. "Reneau plan re-election bid," The Oklahoman, May 6, 2005.
  5. ^ Krehbiel, Randy. "Proactive business cuts workers comp costs," Tulsa World, January 2013.

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