Growing up in Columbus, Ind., with entrepreneurial and politically active parents, Louise Short, co-chair of No Labels Oklahoma, was exposed regularly to political issues and politically engaged people.
In 1956, Louise’s mother was one of the first female delegates to the National Republican Convention, and in 1964, her father served as the treasurer for the Republican Party in Indiana when politician Barry Goldwater ran for president.
Growing up, Louise was particularly influenced by Columbus native J. Irwin Miller, the CEO of Cummins Engine Co. and a leader in the Christian ecumenical and civil rights movement.
She graduated from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. After marrying her husband, who served in the military, Louise moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1981, where she started a business as a registered investment advisor.
Considering our country’s current fiscal state, Louise wonders how many people in Congress have taken economics.
“If they did, they might understand debits and credits and how you have to have so many pieces of the puzzle before you pass legislation that’s going to spend money you don’t have,” says Louise, noting the importance of having one’s fiscal house in order.
A graduate of Leadership Tulsa, a program that teaches leadership skills, she is also concerned about Oklahoma’s low educational standards and voter participation.
“I want to move us forward and away from the divisiveness and get us back to the values that built us as a nation and that make us great,” she says.
As she watches the No Labels movement grow, she is reminded of her childhood inspiration, Miller, not only building her hometown but moving the nation forward in civil rights.
“He attracted people from all over the country to work for his firm. He made Columbus one of the best places to live. He reminds me that we must all try to be a force of positive change.”