Oklahoma House District 59
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.
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BS, Business Administration,
Oklahoma State University, 1985
Trustee, Pioneer Telephone Coop
Okeene Chamber of Commerce,
Okeene Kiwanis Club,
Canyon Camp UMCOK,
OSU Wesley Foundation
I believe public service, like government as a whole, should be limited in scope and time. Far too many people today see it as a career path and are in it for their own benefit and self-serving instead of serving others. Having my family raised and a successful career behind me, I believe continuing to serve my neighbors in NW Oklahoma is an honor and needed more now than ever in my lifetime. My business experience and friendships with thousands will help me and others in state leadership find the best path forward out of the recent economic turmoil that 2020 has brought. I am eager to fight for conservative values and help Oklahoma move forward and power a stronger America.
As both petroleum and wind energy are in abundance in my district, I will work to make both as strong as possible. Utilizing more of our natural gas reserves will help facilitate the electrification of the automobile industry that manufacturers have committed to realization in the coming years.
Rural health care and education funding continues to decline and we cannot afford to lose any more ground in these areas. SQ 802 will create many challenges regarding healthcare expansion but I will work hard to ensure that a fair share of those new dollars make it to RURAL hospitals that are vital to Oklahoma. Likewise, federal dollars to expand rural broadband will help create new opportunities for BOTH telemedicine and distance learning for our schools.
Many people have asked me why I would want to do this after retiring from a 35 year career as an auto dealer and that question has not been difficult to answer. What I inherited from my parents is a strong work ethic. Working harder, smarter and doing the right thing even when no one is watching. I have enjoyed getting caught up on many things at home the last couple years but I do certainly miss interacting with people. I cannot just stay at home on the farm and be comfortable when so many other people are uncomfortable, hurting, confused and even scared of what the future holds for them. My business experience and LIFE experience has been rewarding and lessons I have learned could be beneficial in solving issues for our state. I am blessed to only have had a primary challenger so I am spending the four months until November to learn and be even better prepared to serve. I look forward to working in our Capitol for the great folks of HD59 and State of Oklahoma at the 58th Legislature
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