Linda Edmondson is a social worker and community volunteer. This year she is working full-time in her husband's campaign for governor, traveling with him and also campaigning on her own. She is recording her experiences on the campaign trail on her blog, "Linda on the Road," which is available at www.edmondson2010.com.
Previously, Linda has served as a consultant for the Oklahoma State Board of Social Work Licensure and as an adjunct faculty member for the OU School of Social Work. She was co-founder and executive director of the Oklahoma Association for Healthcare Ethics. In Muskogee Linda was Director of Social Services at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. She also worked for the Department of Human Services and Muskogee Public Schools.
Linda has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of the OU College of Arts and Sciences. The Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers also named her as the 2004 "Social Worker of the Year."
In 1985 Linda obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Oklahoma. Her undergraduate teaching degree is from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah.
Her primary interests are hospice, palliative care and advance directives. She was co-chair of the Attorney General's Task Force to Improve End of Life Care and has spoken and written extensively about these issues.
While growing up on a wheat farm in Ellis County, Linda attended Fargo School. Her father, A. R. Bert Larason, served several terms in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1934 to 1962. Her mother, Margaret Manuel Larason, was an English teacher and librarian.
Linda and Drew have been married since 1967. They have two children. Mary Edmondson Ross is an attorney. She and her husband Mike live in Arlington, Virginia, with their twins, Andrew and Catherine. Robert Edmondson and his wife, Andrea live in Oklahoma City. Robert teaches at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha and Andrea is a prevention specialist for domestic violence and sexual assault at the state health department.