Paula Sophia, an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm, retired from the Oklahoma City Police Department in 2014 after a 22 year career. During her law enforcement career, she earned several awards, including Police Officer of the Year (from OKC Exchange Club) and an FBI Community Leadership Award. Paula also made history as the first openly transgender police officer in Oklahoma City history.
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In 2011, Paula earned a MFA in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also holds a BA in Sociology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. In 2011, she published her first novel, Shadowboxer.
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Paula’s experience as a beat cop in Oklahoma City has provided her a unique perspective on the issues and concerns facing her neighbors in HD 88. Paula and her wife, Pam, live in The Paseo district. Paula has two children, David (23) and Joanna (16).
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