Oklahoma Legislature - State Representative, District 9
|Term limited year||2026|
|Highest degree attained||Bachelor's degree|
|Occupation||AT&T employee, retired|
|Office phone||(405) 557-7380|
|Noteworthy: Assistant majority floor leader.|
What do you hope to accomplish in the 2018 session?
There’s a lot of discussion right now about revenue problems and spending problems and structural problems with our budget. They’re usually talking about revenue and taxes. I think we have a structural problem that keeps up from being as efficient as we could be, so I have filed some bills. I would like to see us revamping the executive branch of government and not having so many statewide elected positions, basically narrowing that to a governor, attorney general and auditor that run statewide, and then the governor appoints cabinet positions.
What do you hope the Legislature will accomplish?
Something we don’t want to lose sight of with budget is the need for criminal justice reform and, related to that, the Department of Corrections. We need to pass the correct criminal justice bills that accomplish what people want us to accomplish, as opposed to something that’s just labeled criminal justice and we rush it through. They need to be good bills that adequately protect the public, but that also have the programming in place. It’s not just about overcrowding in the prisons, it’s also about restoration of society and addressing root causes. We have old, dangerous infrastructure ... I think we need to start building a couple of prisons. If you put something state of the art in, you lower the operating costs and make a safer environment ... I’d also like to see us improve oversight. I don’t think we as individual legislators are that close to the agencies
What should people know about you?
I’m a serious guy. I’d rather talk about policy than politics. The kind of career I had was with large corporate organizations, where I was leading a team of people, making a budget, and I’m used to that kind of work. The last 13 years of my career, I was dealing with annual budget reductions of 5 to 15 percent, but I wasn’t allowed to compromise on any of the service I was delivering. So, when you’re in that environment, to be successful you have to do things that are not always pleasant. They're hard sometimes.
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