The state of Oklahoma has 48 state Senate districts. Each district elects one senator. There are 24 Senate seats up for election in 2020 with a primary to be held on June 30, a runoff (if necessary) on August 25 and the general election on November 3.The Oklahoma Senate is the upper chamber of the Oklahoma State Legislature. Together with the Oklahoma House of Representatives, they form a legislative branch of the Oklahoma state government and work directly with the governor of Oklahoma to create laws and establish a state budget. The Oklahoma Senate’s authority includes legislation on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.Oklahoma state Senators serve four-year terms and are limited to a total of 12 years of cumulative service in the House and Senate. They are scheduled to receive a pay increase in November 2020, from $35,021 to $47,500 annually. When the legislature is in session, they also receive a $156 daily "per diem" allowance.Members of the Senate must be twenty-five years of age at the time of their election. They must be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and must live in those counties or districts during their term of office.
BA from Oklahoma State
Teacher at Nathan Hale HS 2005-2011
Teacher at Memorial High School 2011-2015
TCTA Vice President 2015-2020
NEA Director for Oklahoma 2018-today
TCTA President 2020-today
I am the co-founder of the Tulsa Parent Legislative Action Committee (PLAC). I am involved with Thoreau and Memorial High School (Hospitality) PTA. I am a former Advocacy Chair for Zarrow PTA. I have been Praise & Worship Leader at Garnett Assembly of God since 2016. I have been a Children's Pastor and Youth Minister. I have worked on various campaigns, including, but not limited to: Rep. John Waldron, Rep. Carol Bush, Sup. Joy Hofmeister, Rep. Meloyde Blancett, Rep. Monroe Nichols, Former Rep. Eric Proctor, Rep. Collin Walke, Rep. Rosecrants, Former Rep. Katie Henke, Rep. Denise Brewer, Rep. Sheila Dills, Rep. Rhonda Baker, Rep. Ross Ford, Rep. Avery Frix, Rep. Regina Goodwin, Rep. Mark Lawson, Rep. Melissa Provenzano, Rep. Mark Vancuren, Sen. Dossett, Former Sen. Lewis Long, Sen. James Leewright, Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, and Sen. Roger Thompson.
I am running for the least among us. I feel passionate about uplifting the voices of those who are seldom/never heard. I also cannot emphasize enough that elected officials should actually represent the people that elected them to represent them. Being a Senator means I am a servant, not a ruler. I care deeply about public education. All of our kids have the right to a good quality public education and over 90% of them attend public schools. People have a right to quality healthcare. We need an educated workforce and if we want to lead, then we are going to have to invest. We need to continue the very needed overhaul on our criminal justice system. All of these have a direct impact on our economy and improving the return on our investment.
Access to a quality public education, preparing people to contribute to our local and state economy, and having access to quality primary care providers will be my top priorities. Also, we need to take much better care of our Retirees, Veterans, and Labor.
Over 90% of my current job is listening to people and helping them get what they need. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. As a Competitive Speech & Debate Teacher, I can definitely talk, but I am an even better listener. Once elected, my people will truly be represented. As you can see from former campaigns I have worked on, I mean ALL of my people, regardless of party politics. People deserve to properly represented. I am the servant leader for this job and I am up to the task.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
22 Years - College FB Coach
8 years - Sales: IT/Energy
3 years - Engineer
Deacon/teacher - First Baptist Church of Tulsa
Board Member - John 3:16 Mission
Board Member - Will Rogers High School Community Foundation
Board Member - NFL Former Players
Board Member - ALS Patient Services Outreach (APSO)
To make a difference was the original purpose. That has not changed. These past four years has allowed that to happen to a great extent. From raising the pay of teachers to increasing the dollars for classrooms to addressing opioid pill issues to energy issues (crude/wind/water) to patient/doctor rights to economic incentives for building have all been a way to make a difference. Plus, I have acquired positions of leadership that allows for a strong Tulsa voice to be heard.
Economic development and sustainability; education (the first two go hand-in-hand), energy (equals jobs in Oklahoma), and transportation. The legislature in 2021 must address the funding of Medicaid expansion. As Vice Chair of Senate Appropriations, I desire to be a part of that. Additionally, sentencing reform will be a continuing issue and we can a difference there.
About 47 of my 63 years has been as a resident of District 39 which allows for me to know the district and its people. I am in the time of life where this 'part-time' job can be a full time commitment for me. I've risen to positions of leadership which allows for Tulsa to have a voice in leadership discussions & decisions for the majority party of the Senate. I hold the position of Vice Chair of Senate Appropriations. I hold the position of Vice-Chair for Senate Redistricting Committee. I hold the position of Caucus Chair of the Senate majority party. Most of all is because of my intense desire to be the best Senator District 39 could ever have. That means making the time for the job - it is full time if you want to do it right; doing the study to learn subject matters; having the ability to meet w/ people of varying views of a certain matter and still make a decision best for the District; earn the respect of friend and foe alike; & still remain available to the constituent.