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Oklahoma Senate District 9

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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  • Dewayne Pemberton
    (Rep)

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    Jack Reavis
    (Dem)

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Education Masters Degree Northeastern State University Tahlequah, Oklahoma Bachelor’s Degree University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Professional Experience 36 year Public School Educator, Coach, Social Studies Teacher, High School Principal. Served in 4 School Districts: Carlisle Arkansas, Jay Oklahoma, Muskogee Oklahoma at both Muskogee Public Schools and Hilldale Public Schools. Served as State Senator for District 9 since 2016.
Campaign Phone (918) 687-0063
To provide a Strong focus on Public Education funding, keeping teacher pay competitive in the region, increasing per pupil funding and accountability. I am committed to fiscal transparency with regard to tax payers dollars. I am committed to promoting small business and economic growth. I am a strong supporter of our constitution and second amendment rights. I promote an overall common sense approach to State Government.
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64 years of Work and life experiences give me Strong boost in this area. Also 4 years of proven experience in the job. I have been instrumental in increasing education spending by 800 million dollars over the past 4?years. Also, I have supported two back to back teacher pat raises the largest in state history. We also have pet pupil spending at the greatest level in history. I have sponsored and passed numerous bills in education, public safety, Healthcare, etc. I have been honored for my service by CCOSSA, OSSBA, OPEA, Farm Bureau, Sheriff’s Association, OSAC, and the Regents of Higher Education.
Education BA Social Studies Education NSU MA American Studies NSU
Professional Experience Several years in Culinary Arts Secondary Public School Teacher 26 years Top 12 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year 2016
Volunteer Service Breakfast Optimist Group of Muskogee Boy's and Girls Club Youth Girls Softball
“Running for public office…why would you want to do that?” It is a valid question to ask a person who even contemplates running for an elected position in this period of partisan politics. The greatest factor that influences me is my mother. She was a Registered Nurse. She served people without reservation, and taught me most importantly if you serve people for the correct moral, ethical and spiritual reason's it left no time to complain or feel sorry for yourself. This legacy of unselfish service left to me by my mother guides me to try and bring statesmanship back into the political world by bringing accountability to public service by pledging to stay involved with the community that elects me. If I can build trust then perhaps people will have a desire to become more aware of what happens in Oklahoma City, how the decisions on public education and health care are made. The honest and unselfish desire to make this world a better place calls me to public service.
To keep Oklahomans safe in our new reality with COVID-19. Proper funding of public education, end tax credits for school voucher programs. Affordable and equitably access to quality and preventive healthcare. Encouraging Oklahoma's young people to bring new ideas and innovation to make Oklahomans free from the volatile market of petroleum.
I am the best person for the job, I live a spiritual life, my integrity and honesty, I cooperate and work well with colleagues without losing my personal boundaries, I possess intellectual curiosity, a deep sense loyalty, a good sense of humor, I show up for work with expectations of myself to help change the world, and I possess humility because any leader without humility is despotic.