Oklahoma House District 33
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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Oklahoma State University
Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Education
For the past 45 years I have worked as a youth pastor and area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am a certified ropes course facilitator and do team building to a variety of groups. Motivational speaker and
I serve on OSU research advisory boards.Work with United Way, Big Brothers, Big sisters, Payne County Youth Services, Our Daily Bread, Feed the Children and my church.
Oklahoma House District 33 has been my home for more than 40 years. I am seeking a second term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives because it gives me great joy to be in a position where I can connect community leaders, business owners, and residents of District 33 with resources to improve their communities, their economic situation and quality of life.
Through ongoing communications, I work with these groups to craft legislation, develop partnerships between public and private organizations and find solutions that enhance safety in our communities, improve infrastructure, ease financial hardships for businesses and individuals and strengthen our educational systems.
I have tried to live my life based on the FFA motto: Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve. My work as a state representative gives me an opportunity every day to live out this motto.
As I promised when I was first elected in 2018, my first priority is to make certain I am having an ongoing dialogue with the people and communities I represent. Seeking input from the people I represent about decisions we make that impacts their lives is the best way to stay engaged with constituents.
Since public education is over 50% of the state’s budget, we have a responsibility to protect taxpayer dollars and establish processes which ensure that school expenditures are going into the classroom first. Public education drives economic growth. A quality education system is a quality of life issue to improve the state and to best prepare students to transition into the workforce with marketable skills and thus becoming an integral part of our community.
Creating policy which protects the sanctity of life from conception until death is a priority, while we realize education and prevention are keys to some of our most difficult situations.
I am a supporter of the protections and freedoms that have been afforded us through the U.S. Constitution and will prioritize legislation on upholding these rights while always keeping the overall wellness, health and safety of our communities in mind. My allegiance is to the citizens I represent and I will always defer to them over any special interest group.
Through my ministry I have established relationships with two to three generations of citizens across Payne County. My entire adult life has been spent working alongside the very people I now represent. I have built my ministry here, raised a family here and have chosen to stay here. Making sure the constituents of OK House District 33 receive great representation is about helping my neighbors whom I have already invested my time and attention to over more than 45 years.
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