Oklahoma Legislature - State Representative, District 34
|Term limited year||2020|
|Highest degree attained||Doctorate|
|Office phone||(405) 557-7411|
What do you hope to accomplish in the 2018 session?
I got elected in 2008, in large part because of my stance on criminal justice reform, and I’ve been beating that drum ever since. I’m hopeful that I can work with all of the stakeholders this year to refine the nine bills that are sitting in committee to move them beyond the committee process, get them off the floor and hopefully onto the governor’s desk, so that we can finally have an impact on driving down our incarceration rates. We could also expand savings, keep families intact, expand community sentencing, and implement some best practices to criminal justice, which we seem to have ignored for a few decades.
What do you hope the Legislature will accomplish?
It would be nice if we were able to find a shared, sustainable solution to our ongoing fiscal crisis so that the state can adequately fund core services and give everybody the confidence they need to continue to perform their jobs or receive services or invest in the state. We are our own worst marketing department, by continually having our bond rating lowered and making the news for being $400 million short this year, $1.2 billion short that year, or playing financial shell games with our state agencies because we just refuse to fund the government. That would be my overall goal for the legislature. I’m not overly optimistic on it.
What should people know about you?
I often tell people that I have zero political ambition. I got into this because I didn’t like the other person running, and I thought I could do a better job. It allows me to be more frank and more honest, and I think I can represent my district a lot easier, because I don’t have to plan on a statewide run or anything like that.
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