Republican Senator Josh Brecheen will step down from his seat on the Oklahoma State Senate.
He currently represents the 6th District of Oklahoma which includes parts of Bryan, Atoka, Coal, Johnston and Marshall counties.
He was elected in 2010 and was preceded by Jay Paul Gumm in the 48 member Senate.
Brecheen said “When I first ran for office, I said I would serve 8 years in the Oklahoma State Senate, and then I would be done. I’m going to keep that commitment.”
Brecheen said he hasn’t made firm plans when his term is up, but that he expects to have plenty of things to do, both professionally and with his family.
He has a motivational speaking business and plans to spend more time with his wife and children, all school age, Micah, Makayla, and Colton.
His dual degrees in both animal science and agricultural communications will carry him far after his former role as National FFA Organization President.
The 38 year old Ada native said, “Me and my wife Kacie are praying about it. I’ve got some things we are looking at when it’s over.”
Brecheen does have some advice for his successor, “Do what’s right. Don’t let any special interest group dictate what you do. Be committed to doing what you know is right. Don’t ever look at who will, or who will not give to you, to determine what you are going to do. That’s a disease in Oklahoma City. It’s a disease in Washington D.C. Too many tied to special interest groups.”
He also has similar advice for the new Governor of Oklahoma, who will also be elected next year in 2018.
Brecheen said, “Don’t be tied to special interest groups. Make sure that our tax law is just. Make sure it’s fair for every Oklahoman and that your not saying to one business enterprise, “we think you’re more important than another, so we’re going to give you special breaks that we are not giving any other business.” The tax law should be fair.”
He said lawmakers should not use the office to get what they want.
and they should be sure to examine their motives before they take actions in office.
During his campaign for Senator, Brecheen said he would take a pay cut.
It was learned that he has kept that promise by making a donation to a Durant non-profit organization dear to his heart.
From every paycheck Brecheen has earned as Senator, a size-able donation was made from him directly to the Crisis Control Center of Bryan County.
His Senate seat will take someone with big shoes to fill that position.
Republican David Bullard kicked off his election campaign for Brecheen’s seat in Senate
Bullard’s supporters gathered Monday evening at the David W. Reynold’s Library in Durant.
Pastor Bill Ledbetter of Fairview Baptist Church presented Bullard to the standing room only crowd with much fanfare.
Ledbetter said, “David is a fine young man. He’s a Constitutional expert. He cares about the people, and he loves baseball.”
There’s not much more that’s American besides baseball.
Bullard said his platform is based on God the principals of the Bible.
Bullard said, “I’m a Christian Constitutional Conservative, in that order. What my goal is; everything I do will be through Biblical terms, one. Constitutional Principles, two. Original intent of the Founding Fathers, three.”
Bullard said he will be on a conservative ticket as it ties to those three things.
He said, “I’m not tied, necessarily to any political party.”
Bullard said he will serve the people based on his convictions.
He said, “Oklahoma has a good start. We’ve got more to do and to push to get things right, budgetary, education, and abortion. We’ve got to change some things in this state. I’m going to push on some of those. But I’m very dedicated to Liberty. So I am going to push to pushing Liberty and making sure that is a guarded principle in Oklahoma.”
Bullard said Liberty is freedom from tyranny, “It’s the ability of the people to live their lives without being unruly dictated over. There is a protection there that is mentioned both in the 5th Amendment and The Declaration of Independence. There’s value in that.”
At his campaign kick-off, Bullard quoted Dietrich Bonhoeffer and said, “When the good people stay home, evil wins by default,” and “Silence in the face of evil, is in itself evil.”
He hopes people turn out in droves to support him in his race for Senator Brecheen’s chair.
Bryan County Republicans & Conservatives on Facebook, who back Bullard said, “David is on a mission, has the fire in his blood, will represent this part of the state well and has fans of all ages. Bullard teaches government and history to high school students. He teaches the principles of our American Republic according to the intents of the Framers. He was honored recently by his district as “Teacher of the Year.” He is a man of God, a strong family man, and will lead our state with wisdom.”
Bullard says about Brecheen, his predecessor, “He has done an awesome job and I’m excited to take up and step up on that next role.”
Brecheen says to all politicians including Bullard, “Make sure there are no selfish ambitions tied to your decisions in office. It’s so easy in elected office, to get tied into special interest. Don’t let that happen. God checks your motivation.”
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