Oklahoma House District 17
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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Wilburton High School 1973
OSU BS Animal Science 1977
23 years postal 17 Postmaster Talihina
West End Fire Dept, Latimer County Conservation Board, Okla Conservation Comm.
Rural OK is losing any voice at the capital, I've watched as decisions made in OKC effect all Oklahoman without input. We must be able to feed and cloth a ever growing population, it's hard to expand with some many regulations stiffing small business which are truly the backbone of our state and country. I am a conservative and I feel rural Oklahoma doesn't have a conservative voice. My experience through the Conservation Commission along with Farm Bureau did an excellent job of preparing myself for my first term as a state legislator. With 2 years experience along with my prior experience have prepared myself to move forward in this political arena.
JOBS rural Oklahoma has to have ways to support families, our youth should not have to move to our cities to find employment.
EDUCATION We must continue to support our rural schools we must continue to fund public education. We must want individual desire to enter the educational field.
RURAL HEALTHCARE our hospitals are closing daily we shouldn't have to drive several hundred miles for quality healthcare, we must find a way to make Doctors serve in Rural Oklahoma and want to live there.
Not only should we recruit new employers we must save our current worksites we now have, we need to relax regulations on our small businesses.
5 years service on Oklahoma Conservation Commission we lobbied legislators for funding and bills important to conserving our natural resources. Latimer county Farm Bureau past president we lobbied for rural issues daily. 2 years experience as a legislator is invaluable I understand the legislative process, I know the leadership involved have a very good relationship which can be built on, as Vice- chair of Ag committee I am able to be a voice in what legislation gets heard or doesn't make it to the floor. I understand the process for writing legislations, getting it through the legislative process to the house floor, than with extensive relationships with many senators I am able to craft this legislation through the senate side and hopefully to the Governor for a signature. In the legislative process your build relationships the longer you serrve the more effective you become.
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