The state of Oklahoma has 101 state House districts. Each district elects one representative. All 101 seats are 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 House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Oklahoma State Legislature. Together with the Oklahoma State Senate, 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 House of Representatives 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 representatives serve two-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 House of Representatives must be twenty-one 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.
Doctor of Dental Surgery
27 years of uniform service in the US Public Health Service and in the US Air Force.
Stillwater Police Chaplain
Our Daily Bread
First United Methodist Church free dinner
Oklahoma’s Nuclear Families are facing difficult challenges. Policies must be written to help good parents provide safe environments for their maturing children. Pornography, human trafficking, child exploitation and the illegal drug market are just a few of the issues that persist in Oklahoma. Since the current OK House of Representative District 34 legislator has not addressed these urgent problems, I feel compelled to provide the type of leadership our district needs. State funding for our public school system needs better protection. The citizens in Oklahoma need better financial opportunities to start small businesses or the ability to find higher paying jobs. Both of these last two items can be accomplished if legislators work to diversify our state’s economy. Since the current District 34 representative is not working to improve these problems, we need a candidate who will work to find solutions for Oklahoma House District 34 and for all of Oklahoma. I am that candidate!
Upon being elected on November 3rd I will start writing a bill on November 4th in support of public schools. It will say that all funding sources dedicated for public education in the current Oklahoma State budget must be dispersed in the Department of Education and not re-directed to any other state department. Additionally, other state funds designated by law for public education must not be redirected to other state agencies or departments. Fighting pornography, human trafficking, child exploitation and the illegal drug market also will be top legislative priorities for my first term as the legislator for District 34. It will be my goal to fulfill my legislative responsibility to author eight bills each year of my first term. I will take that responsibility very seriously because the health and safety of my district depends on the diligence of the representative. My priority is to be productive for the people.
Our state needs candidates who will work to build unity among all citizens, and who will promote peace in our communities. I am that candidate. I have spent many volunteer hours helping the Our Daily Bread Food Bank and The First United Methodist Church feed the homeless in our area. I spend time listening to individual citizens, civic leaders and business owners to hear what issues matters most to them. Over the past four years I have sat down and written notes for possible solutions based on what I have heard from the people in Oklahoma House District 34. With the experience I have gained managing multiple programs, supervising hundreds of people and managing millions of dollars in different federal programs, I will not have a learning curve to overcome. I am ready for this position, because I have proven myself in diverse positions in six states and in Washington D. C. as an effective supervisor. I will get the job done for District 34 with your vote and by the strength of God
B.A. Music Education, Wichita State University
M.A. Music Performance and Pedagogy, Oklahoma State University
Music Teacher, Westwood Elementary School, 2003-2018
Director, Stillwater Youth Choirs, 2003-2018
State Representative, Oklahoma House of Representatives, 2019-2020
First United Methodist Church, member, volunteer
Stillwater High School Band Boosters, member/president
Oklahoma Orff Chapter, president
I am running to continue the work I was elected to do by the people of House District 34. In 2018, I was one of the 30,000 educators marching at the Capitol to save our schools after years of neglect. I realized it was my turn to take the advice I gave my students – “Be the change you want to see in the world.” While teaching, I got to know thousands of children and parents. I saw firsthand how one problem compounds the next. When families are hungry, sick without health care, or in trouble at work, children struggle in school and in their hearts. I saw how easy it is for people to fall behind. The same issues that informed my 2018 campaign – underfunded education, inadequate health care, hunger – remain my focus. These problems run deep in our society, and solving them demands concerted effort. We need to go big – to make unprecedented investments in education and initiatives like a statewide internet utility. To create prosperity for all Oklahomans, we need lifechanging solutions.
I see education as the cornerstone for all other issues facing the state, as do all the members of the Education Policy Group. We will introduce legislation to begin transforming Oklahoma education by creating equity in statute for rural, urban, suburban, and virtual schools and also by reformulating measures of success to free schools and students from outdated practices. I will reintroduce my bill to provide teachers with violence de-escalation training, a subject we’ll cover in an interim study this fall. Also, funding Medicaid expansion will be an early objective for the House. Two measures, vetoed by the governor last session, could be our starting point. I look forward to further conversation about creative ways we can fund not just Medicaid expansion, but government going forward. I will also seek to expand the rural broadband internet initiative to include urban communities, and, with Sen. Rader (R Tulsa), I will again pursue federal funding to help brain injury survivors.
My career as a music teacher instilled in me a love for listening and learning. From these traits springs the empathy that inspires my work at the Capitol. Since 2018, I have vowed to “engage with constituents, bridge differences, and…put the people of Oklahoma first.” Today, I listen to and learn from parents, children, singles, and seniors; experts across our state and nation; and business owners like the one who showed me the promise of rural internet. In the House, I listen to and learn from colleagues. All my legislative efforts have been bipartisan, and I count friends on both sides of the aisle. Listening, learning, legislating – all depend on empathy. I believe every legislator should put the people of Oklahoma first – the single mom who struggles to make ends meet, the family with a sick child, the post-incarcerated man denied admission to school. It is the legislator’s job to hear people’s needs, study and understand their issues, and make laws that let them succeed.