Norriss Not Running

A fixture in the Wichita County Commissioners Court will soon be stepping down.

Monday, at the Wichita County Courthouse, many people were there to announce their candidacy and reelections for County positions. However, Pat Norris, Wichita County Commissioner for Precinct 2 announced that she will soon be leaving her seat.

"I've enjoyed what I've done, but I think there are some things that I would really like to do that I've not been able to do because of my job," said Norriss.

Originally Norriss did not plan to have a career in politics.

"I really didn't start out to have a political career. I was asked to run for the city and I thought that it would be a great opportunity to be a little bit of service," said Norriss.

Norriss who is from Burkburnett, had the opportunity to serve as the City's only female Mayor for 16 years. Norriss was also the only woman to be elected to the County Court.

"I enjoy seeing and trying projects that we can work on that will benefit everyone, and I've really been blessed," said Norriss.

With many Texoma firsts, Norriss hopes to encourage future women politicians.

"This will maybe help other women who would like to run for those positions and see that they can be successful in that," said Norris.

Norris also says that when her term is over, she will miss her political life because it has been a privilege to serve on the Commissioners Court representing Wichita County.

Even though Norriss plans to step down soon, she does want to remain involved in the numerous organizations and boards she currently serves on like, the Rotary Club, Grace Ministries and lots of other services beneficial to Burkburnett and Wichita County.

When Norriss' term does end in December 2014, she plans to travel and spend more time with her grandchildren.
Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6