Josh Brecheen, a Coal County rancher and the current State Senator for District 6, has officially announced his decision to seek re-election.
“Following a strenuous legislative session and my work after session that ensured a full and upheld repeal of common core, my wife and I felt led to focus on our family during the middle/latter part of summer,” said Brecheen. “I am now officially announcing our prayerfully made decision to seek re-election to the Oklahoma State Senate, as there is work left to be done.”
Brecheen, 35, is a committed Christian, husband and father and a fourth generation Coal County rancher. He has continued to ranch and train working cow horses apart from his service at the capitol since 2011. Josh is a former State President of the Oklahoma FFA Association and a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a dual degree in agriculture. From 2005 to 2010, he served U. S. Senator Tom Coburn as a field representative in Southeast Oklahoma and in November of 2010, Josh made history by being elected as the first Republican State Senator of District 6.
“Four years ago I promised to govern as a true Constitutional conservative and to not become any special interest group’s ‘yes’ man,” Brecheen said. “I have kept my word, bucking political trends, powerful lobby groups and members in my own party when I felt an issue went against biblical or constitutional standards, or Southeast Oklahoma’s best interest. With one of the most conservative four-year voting records in the Oklahoma State Senate, I have upheld my promise to shoot straight with constituents and not just tell people what I thought they would want to hear. While authoring over 30 bills that are now state law, I have also sought common ground with others of differing views to solve major problems for our district and state without compromising my convictions or conservative beliefs.”
Brecheen currently serves as vice chairman of the Senate Tourism and Wildlife Committee. Due to the current Chair reaching the end of his legislative term this session, Josh is in line to be named the chairman of the committee for 2015 by the Senate Pro Tempore. He plans to continue focusing on district needs, protecting area water resources, reducing government waste, non-violent corrections reform as well as seeing through the two-year process in developing new/state-led education standards as called for in HB3399 (the Oklahoma common core repeal bill, which Brecheen authored in the Senate). He also plans to continue leading on traditional/ biblical marriage issues (as noted with his authorship/senate passage of the Covenant Marriage bill, SB 105, in 2013).
“I respectfully ask for the honor of serving in the State Senate a second term in order to use the influence of the majority to advance our district and state while upholding conservative principals,” said Brecheen.
The official announcement and campaign kickoff event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30 in Durant. The event will take place at the Brecheen for Senate campaign headquarters located at 698 Westside Drive (adjacent to Highway 69/75). The outdoor event will be open to the public and will be attended by district supporters, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, State Auditor Gary Jones, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello and members of the Oklahoma legislature.