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Oklahoma House District 71

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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    Denise Brewer
    (Dem)

  • Mike Masters
    (Rep)

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Education University of Oklahoma, BA
Professional Experience • Current State Representative for District 71 •25 years as a journalist and media/marketing expert •Former Small business owner (American Document Imaging of Tulsa & Stand Up Inc- my media and marketing company)
Campaign Email Denise@Brewer4OK.com
Campaign Phone (918) 381-4530
Twitter @Brewer4OK
Volunteer Service •Catholic Charities Major Gifts Committee, •School of St. Mary board, Development Chair, event organizer, class mom •American Lung Association (named national Communicator of the Year) • American Heart Association (8 Signs of a Heart Attack in Women) • Tulsa Run (volunteer & leader of Walk the Run) • Cooking Up Compassion Chair & M.C. • Mom’s Demand Action • Football & soccer mom • Karen Keith for County Commissioner • Tulsa Day of Action • M.C. & keynote speaker for many events
To continue the hard work toward my goal of making Oklahoma a better state. There are so many areas that need major improvement; from education to diversifying our economy to lowering rates of domestic violence. As a survivor of Domestic Violence, that is one of many issues I’m passionate about. There is a misconception that being a representative is a part time job. It is a full time job and you must be passionate about helping people and available at all times. It’s a responsibility I’m proud of; I love helping and serving the constituents of District 71 and all Oklahomans. Since the pandemic started my office has helped hundreds of people, in and out of District 71, resolve their issues with OESC. Every time we help someone and hear the stress and fear disappear from their voice, I’m more determined to continue my service to District 71 and all Oklahomans.
1. Executive Leadership- is out of touch with Oklahomans. The Governor seems to think he answers to no one, and his handling of the pandemic is simply unacceptable. We must restore checks and balances, and transparency to the Executive Leadership. 2. Education- our education system is far below acceptable. We have made some positive changes but there is so much more to do. One major step is to keep public tax dollars in public education. Millions of dollars meant for public education are being siphoned off for charter and private schools. This must stop. 3. Healthcare- SQ 802 approved Medicaid Expansion for Oklahoma. Now we’re waiting for the Governor to implement the will of the people. Medicaid Expansion must be fully implemented and managed in Oklahoma with full transparency to the citizens. 4. Criminal Justice- we must have sentencing reform, close down the for profit prisons, spend our tax dollars on reformation, not retention. http://brewer4ok.com/issues/
Experience. I’ve been the State Representative for District 71 since 2018. Since then I’ve authored or co-authored nearly 50 bills, serve on A&B Public Safety Committee, Government Efficiency, Rural and Agricultural Development and the Non-Appropriated Agencies Committee. I also serve as Legislative Liaison to multiple state boards, including the OK Board of Medical Licensure. I’m proud of my bipartisan work with colleagues across the aisle. During my 25 years as a journalist, my job was to stay up to date with state issues and inform the public. I got to know state agencies and boards, so when I need expert input I know who to call. Being raised in a military family instilled a lifelong commitment to public service. I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 30 years as an active community member. I’m available to constituents 24/7 & realize this is a full time job. This is my passion and I have a lot of work to continue.
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