Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford has accepted an appointment on the Children and Families Committee for the 2010 legislative session.
Last year, Mott Oxford was prohibited from serving on the committee by Speaker Ron Richard because, in the word's of Richard's Chief of Staff Jeff Brooks, some GOP House members found her "highly offensive." But Richard and GOP leaders would never really explain what they found so "offensive" about her. From a February 2009 story in the Star:
In the weeks since, Oxford says she has not received a convincing explanation for why she was left off the committee.
“The only reason cited to me so far as for why I am not on the committee is that ‘some members find me offensive,’” Oxford wrote in a letter last month to Richard. “I do not know if this is about my sexual orientation, my stance on Roe vs. Wade, or what.” [...]