Oklahoma's first female Commissioner of Labor passes away
Brenda Reneau, a former long-serving Oklahoma Labor Commissioner, passed away on December 5. She served in that position from 1995 to 2007 and won recognition for winning court battles relating to federal prevailing wage laws and pushing for controversial right-to-work legislation. Reneau also worked to improve workplace safety by partnering with Oklahoma employers.
Reneau was the first woman to be elected Labor Commissioner in Oklahoma and one of the first women elected to a state-wide office, along with Governor Mary Fallin. A Republican, Reneau worked to save money by investigating abuses of prevailing wage laws in Oklahoma. She won a case in front of the Oklahoma Supreme Court that overturned the state prevailing wage law and testified in Congress about her work on the issue.