Elected to 4 terms
Kansas House & Kansas Senate
representing the voters
of Kansas's 29th Senate District
Selected as one of the "10 to Watch in 2009" by...
Facing "the grim reality of a recession," the Eagle confidently named Oletha as one of "the individuals the Eagle expects to lead us through those difficulties, effect change and make a difference in our community."
~The Wichita Eagle (Dec.28, 2008, front page)
KNOWS the DISTRICT:
Senate District 29.
Selected in 2018 by fellow Democrats as the Senate Minority Whip -- third-ranking Democrat in the Senate leadership -- coordinating Democrat votes in the Kansas Senate.
Selected in 2019 by fellow Senate Democrats as the Assistant Minority Leader -- second-ranking Democrat in the Senate -- sharing in the leadership of Democrats in the Kansas Senate.
Selected by fellow legislators for the Ethics & Elections Committee.
Awards from several civic organizations.
Selected for the Leadership Kansas program, the elite leadership development program affiliated with the Kansas Chamber.
Honored by the City of Wichita for assisting infrastructure improvements.
Elected by fellow legislators to lead the South Central (Kansas) Legislative Delegation (chiefly the legislators elected to represent Sedgwick County districts).