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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.

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Cheryl Baber (Rep)

Attorney

Biographical Information

Education Columbia University School of Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Midwestern State University, Oklahoma City University, Walters High School
Professional Experience U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Courts, Crowe & Dunlevy
Campaign Email cheryl@cherylbaber.com
Campaign Phone (918) 284-7894
Twitter @baber2020
Volunteer Service Tulsa Lawyers for Children, First Baptist Church of Tulsa, Cascia Hall Parent Faculty Association, Eliot Elementary PTA, University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane Club, Tulsa Area Alumnae Panhellenic, Tulsa Christian Business & Professional Women, Resonance - Listening and Support for Women, Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women, Republican Party of Tulsa County, Compassion International

Why are you running for public office?

I am running for office because I want my family, my friends, my neighbors and the people who live throughout my state to live good lives, full of peace, abundance, and joy. Government plays a significant role in making the good life happen, or at least in making it possible. I realized at a young age that government affects almost every aspect of our lives, and I've had a life-long interest in politics as a result. I am also running because I believe that it is critically important to elect people to public office at every level who will think deeply and act courageously to create legislation that will provide incentives for people to better their lives and the lives of others. I want Oklahoma to be a place where children can feel safe; young people can pursue their dreams; middle-aged people can enjoy the fruits of their labors; and older people have the ability to give back to causes that benefit all of us.

What are your legislative and policy priorities?

Economic recovery, growth and development. Better outcomes in education. Lowering crime rates and protecting citizens.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I'm the best person for this job because I firmly believe that government should be limited, markets should be free, and people should be empowered by a good education, a good economy and the rule of law. I have a broad legal background which will enable me to understand the issues underlying a wide variety of legislative actions. I've lived in this District for the last 27 years, and my husband and I have raised our sons here. Yet, I was born and raised myself on an Oklahoma farm and ranch on the other side of the state, so I will be able to work with legislators who have a different perspective than my urban Tulsa district. Finally, I have been involved in conservative causes and Republican organizations for several years, and I will be able to represent the interests of my district well due to relationships I've developed throughout the state as a result.

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Jo Anna Dossett (Dem)

Teacher

Biographical Information

Education Masters Degree: Oklahoma State University-Tulsa; Bachelors Degree: William Jewell College in Liberty, MO
Professional Experience I am a 15 year Oklahoma public school teacher. I teach English to speakers of other languages. I have been a school district teacher of the year, an Oklahoma City Thunder Teacher of the Game, and a Masonic Foundation of Oklahoma Teacher of Today. Prior to joining the teaching profession, I was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Cape Verde, Africa.
Campaign Email jo@joannadossett.com
Campaign Phone (918) 408-5972
Twitter @dossett4ok
Volunteer Service I serve on the board of my local education foundation and have served on local school bond committees. I am on the legislative committee of my state teacher association, and I am the membership chair of my local teacher association, as well as a member of the contract negotiation team for my school district. Prior to running for office myself, I knocked thousands of doors for school board, legislative, and gubernatorial candidates in the Tulsa Metro. I am active at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Why are you running for public office?

Voters in my district deserve an enthusiastic and engaged state senator who is truly interested in representing them well, in all of their diversity. They deserve a listener and a compromise seeker, whose only interest is arriving at fair and sustainable solutions to the problems which have kept Oklahoma from achieving its full potential.

What are your legislative and policy priorities?

My first priority is continued investment in public education, along with implementation of teacher-led educational reform. My second priority is access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare for our loved ones, neighbors, and community. My third priority is the reduction of Oklahoma’s excessive incarceration rates, with a focus on rehabilitating individuals who commit crimes, and keeping their families intact, as they serve their sentences.

What makes you the best person for the job?

My 17 years as a public servant, along with vast experience arriving at mutual understanding and compromise among diverse stakeholders, often in multiple languages, makes me best qualified to serve my district.