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Monroe’s family has a history of public service. His grandfather was a Pastor, his father served as a police officer, and his mother spent her career as a criminal justice and higher education professional.

In 2016, he became the first African American elected to represent House District 72 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Now a four-term legislator, he is an established leader in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and serves as the chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. During his career at the capitol, he has been a leading voice on education, healthcare, criminal justice reform, and economic growth.


Prior to being elected, Representative Nichols spent his career in government, private business, higher education and the non-profit sector, serving as a mayoral aide, chief of staff to a university president and an economic development director. He also served on the Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education. 


In addition to his legislative service, Representative Nichols is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for StriveTogether, a leading national non-profit focused on advancing equity to improve student outcomes in communities across the country.


Over the course of his career, Representative Nichols has been the recipient of several awards including the United States Department of Justice Award for Public Service. Monroe holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Tulsa and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.


On July 13, 2023, Representative Nichols announced his candidacy for mayor of Tulsa. As mayor, Monroe will work tirelessly to end homelessness, invest in education, expand our economy, and ensure Tulsa is the safest big city in America.

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