Andrea was born in Oklahoma and graduated from Holdenville High School. After high school, she joined the Navy. While in the Navy, she participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She earned Sailor of the Quarter twice, Sailor of the Year for her command, and was nominated as Sailor of the Year for the region in which she was stationed. Additionally, she received three Letters of Commendation, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Navy Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Ribbon, the Navy Overseas Service Ribbon, two Joint Service Unit Awards, two Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medals and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. She also earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Criminology and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Psychology, from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida, and a Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation from Kaplan University in Davenport, Iowa.
After 11 years in the Navy, Andrea began law school. Andrea was a Merit Scholar, a member of the International Legal Honor Society Phi Delta Phi, a Law School Ambassador, a Law Review candidate, was on the Dean’s List and was the recipient of the Fred Daughtery Law Scholarship. She graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2007.
After receiving her education, Andrea first went to work as an Assistant District Attorney for Tulsa County. Since that time, she has spent 10 years working in municipal law, first as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Enid, later the City Attorney for the City of Enid and now the City Attorney for the City of Altus. In addition to her municipal work, she provides no cost legal services to victims of domestic violence through the Native Alliance Against Violence, a nonprofit organization operating as Oklahoma’s only tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition.
Andrea has served as the Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the Human Services Alliances of Greater Enid, a member of the Teen Engagement, Advocacy and Mentoring Committee, a member of the Red Carpet Country Board of Directors and now serves as a member of the Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys Board of Directors. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma and the State of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma, as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Enid and OML’s Community Leadership Development (formerly Citizens Academy Leadership Training) and is an OML Certified Municipal Official. Additionally, Andrea is a Local Government Fellow with the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association.