Oklahoma Legislature - State Representative, District 59
|Term limited year||2020|
|Highest degree attained||Bachelor's degree|
|Office phone||(405) 557-7407|
|Noteworthy: Majority leader.|
What do you hope to accomplish in the 2018 session?
I describe myself as a Christian conservative Republican, and I want them to know that I’m concerned about everybody in the state of Oklahoma having a good, sound government that does its job properly, and that we’re doing the best we can to administer the government.
What do you hope the Legislature will accomplish?
Continuing to work on budget and tax reform is something that I feel is very important. Providing teachers with a pay raise continues to be a top priority for the House and the majority and is something that is long overdue. We also need to make transportation a top priority. It is a core service of government and it needs to be treated as that. The last several years we’ve really cut into transportation funding, and that hurts us economically, and more importantly, I feel that it’s hurt us as far as public safety. We also need to create a legislature of civility. We need to return both chambers and state government to some civility, because there are a lot of good things we’ve done but it’s all been lost in the wash with the bickering, and with the unfortunate misbehaviors and things along those lines. We’ve done a lot of good things for domestic abuse victims. We’ve done a lot for education reform, getting rid of some of these mandates that were unnecessary. There are lots of things we’ve done that are overshadowed by the other things that make the news, so I think returning to civility is something that I always have prided myself in, and I work with all folks in the House.
What should people know about you?
One, I’m a common sense conservative. I’m very approachable. I want people to know that regardless of political beliefs or political party, I’m willing to work with anyone that has a great idea to move Oklahoma and Oklahoma families forward, to continue economic prosperity, to do what’s right in my opinion to return Oklahoma to what I feel is the greatest state, the best place to raise a family, and the best place to start a business. But we have to create an environment for that. I’ve worked with both sides, whether it be passing my legislation, House Bill 3146, my DUI bills, or my county bills, or public safety measures. I’m not a political idealogue, I believe that I’m going to do what’s best for my district, and for the state, and to apply common sense principles.
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