Peggy DeFrange is a lifelong Oklahoman, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, and a rancher. Born to to Bob and Evelyn Bowman in McAlester, OK she comes from 4th generation Pittsburg County farm and ranch family that moved to Oklahoma Territory in 1896. Peggy attended McAlester Public Schools and graduated from Canadian High School. She was active in sports and 4-H and attended Connors State College then Oklahoma State University at Stillwater where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. After college she moved back home and taught in Canadian and McAlester Public Schools for 33 years. After retiring from public education she went to work in mental health, where she still works today. 11 years ago she tragically lost her daughter, Fallon, in an accident. Through this she became involved with ministry to other grieving parents and has been an organizer for the Annual Christmas Candle Lighting Ceremony each December.
Peggy and her husband run a small cow/calf operation and she has been active in lobbying for public education. She has served on the boards of the Beta Sigma Phi Philanthropic Sorority, Partners for Animal Welfare, and Krebs Historical Society. Peggy belongs to the Pittsburg Co. OSU Alumni Association, Pittsburg County Democrats, Oklahoma and Pittsburg County Retired Educators Association, and Compassionate Friends for Grieving Parents. She has two daughters, Fallon and Sharla, and 3 precious grandchildren.
Peggy is running for state representative because the big corporations, the drug companies and the fat cats have enough bought-and-paid for representatives in Oklahoma City. She believes our small businesses, our teachers, our children, our families and our farmers and ranchers should have at least ONE voice of reason in state government and she will be that voice.