Proposed House Districts

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House Announces Redistricting Plan
4/21/2021 1:54:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives today announced its legislative redistricting plan.

By law, the Legislature must redraw its legislative district boundaries to reflect changes in population every ten years.

“These districts are based on unprecedented public input gathered through the most town halls ever held, several committee meetings involving every House district, and public map submissions,” said Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, chair of the House Redistricting Committee. “By putting the public in the driver’s seat, the House was able to produce a very strong map providing fair and proper representation for all Oklahomans for another ten years.”

Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, is co-chair of the House Redistricting Committee.

“Redistricting is a key aspect of maintaining the integrity of our democracy,” Pae said. “The House’s transparent, inclusive and accessible process produced a plan ensuring every citizen’s voice has equal weight and representation at the Capitol.”


The House, in collaboration with the Senate, from December to March held 22 town hall meetings – 18 in person and four virtual – to solicit input from the public. All Oklahomans were invited to attend, ask questions, submit testimony and talk to lawmakers and staff about what makes the most sense for their community.

Meetings were livestreamed, when possible, and recorded and archived. Previous House meetings can be viewed here:

The House used a dedicated email address,, and website,, to accept public comment, answer questions and keep the public informed throughout the redistricting process.

For the first time in state history, all House members served on one of eight Regional Redistricting Subcommittees to ensure representation of all House districts in the process. The full State and Federal Redistricting Committee set policy for the redistricting process.


A map of the proposed House districts can be found in PDF and interactive form at

An additional version can be found at

The House redistricting plan is based on Oklahoma’s population per the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015-2019 American Community Survey, which was more than 3.9 million. The ideal population for each of the 101 House districts is 38,939.  All 101 House districts were redrawn to be within the 5% (+/-2.5%) population deviation standard set by the House Redistricting Committee.

As required by law, all districts also were drawn to be contiguous, and the overall geographic size of districts was a consideration. Forty-seven districts grew in geographic size; 53 shrank. Only House district, House District 25 in Pontotoc County, did not change.

The largest district is still House District 61 in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma, which grew from 7,981 square miles to 8,296 square miles. The smallest district is House District 93 in south Oklahoma City, which covers 6.21 square miles.

Where possible, consideration was given to keeping small towns whole by following municipal boundaries. Consideration also was given to organizing districts in regard to rural, urban and suburban areas. In addition, where possible, the plan takes into consideration school district boundaries and uses main roads, rivers, highways and other physical features for district boundaries.

Extensive public input also was considered. Requests from public input incorporated into the map include:

·         A request from Elk City residents to no longer be split between districts. Elk City and Beckham County are now whole and within House District 55, which remains a rural southwestern Oklahoma district.

·         A request for Pontotoc County to not be split and remain within one House district. House District 25, which currently includes all of Pontotoc County, remains unchanged. Most of the publically submitted maps also kept Pontotoc County whole.

·         A request from community leaders to not split up small towns in eastern Oklahoma County. Nicoma Park and Jones are no longer split between two House districts. Further, the plan moves House District 36 to Oklahoma County and is comprised of the cities of Luther, Jones, Harrah, Choctaw and the northwestern corner of Cleveland County. This gives eastern Oklahoma County more cohesive representation in response to comments made at the very first town hall in Oklahoma City in December.

·         A request from residents of Osage County to not split the cities of Pawhuska and Fairfax. Those cities are now wholly in House District 37.

·         A request for all of Hughes County to be in one House district. Hughes County is now wholly in House District 18.

·         A request for the Brookwood neighborhood in South Oklahoma City to be within the same district. Brookwood is now wholly in House District 91.

Next Steps

House Bill 1198, the bill containing the proposed House districts, begins the normal legislative process next week in the House State and Federal Redistricting Committee. It must be passed by the House and Senate and signed by the governor. 

“Public input is not finished. The House released this plan in advance of next week’s committee meeting so the public can continue to weigh in,” Martinez said. “The House will continue encouraging and considering public input throughout the legislative process.”

Under the Oklahoma Constitution, redistricting plans for state legislative districts must be completed by the end of this year’s regular session.

Congressional redistricting has no deadline. The Legislature plans to reconvene in a special session in the fall to complete congressional redistricting and make any necessary adjustments to legislative districts upon the release of final Census data, which was delayed by the federal government until Sept. 30 due to the pandemic.

Two Good Bills

Two important bills were passed off the House floor today.

SB658 will require that school districts provide to parents information regarding vaccine exemptions. This does not add an exemption. It simply notifies parents of their options.

It will require schools to provide relevant scientific studies and specific guidelines before instituting a mask mandate.

SB2 prohibits boys from participating in girls’ sports.

Due to amendments, both bills will return to the Senate for approval.

OKGOP 2021

Candace Owens at OKGOP Gala
Mack Savala-Rising Star of OKGOP
OKGOP 2021 Convention

It was a pleasure to attend two OKGOP events with good friends and a great speaker. Candace Owens was superb as she challenged everyone listening to simply speak up. Bravery in our current society requires only the willingness to speak the truth.

More than 1,200 delegates from across the state attended the GOP convention Saturday where we elected the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the party. The arduous process resulted in a team that will continue to energize the party in Oklahoma. Congratulations to John Bennett and Shane Jemison!

April 10, 2020

“Our cause is the cause of all mankind…we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.” -Benjamin Franklin

April 10, 2020

This day, one year ago, I declared my candidacy for the office of Oklahoma State Representative. 

I needed to vote for a candidate who viewed the Constitution of the United States as the greatest governing document in the history of mankind. I was determined to vote for someone who would stand for individual liberty and the God-given rights of all men. My state representative did not meet these requirements.

The morning of April 10th, after two sleepless nights, I decided to take a step of faith and I haven’t regretted the decision. I assumed I would receive only two votes, my husband’s and mine, but I was just happy to have a candidate for whom I could vote. I had no idea there were others in our district who felt as I did.

I have thought about that day often during the last year. With each new or difficult challenge, I consider whether I would have made the same decision knowing what I know now. It is always YES.  In fact, had I not put my name on that ballot, I would have regretted it for the rest of my life.

I have spent years promoting the idea of liberty and teaching others about our beloved Constitution. This stage of my life is simply a continuation of that objective. Whether I am in the legislature or in a classroom or at home or wherever God desires for me to be, I will be teaching about liberty.

As Frederic Bastiat said, “Liberty is an act of faith in God and in His work.” True liberty is found only through faith in Jesus. And I will continue spreading the idea of liberty as long as I have breath.

Week 10

This was the final week for moving bills through the various committees. The Public Health committee was busy hearing fifteen bills dealing with several areas of health in Oklahoma.

There were bills in support of parental rights and the sanctity of life.


The bills in support of life were SB612 and SB779 and both passed out of committee and are available to be heard on the House floor.

SB612 by Senator Nathan Dahm and Representative Jim Olsen states, “a person shall not purposely perform or attempt to perform an abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.” A person convicted of performing an abortion will be guilty of a felony.

SB779 by Representative Mark Lepak and Senator Julie Daniels seeks to create a certification program to regulate the manufacturing and distribution abortion-inducing drugs.


In the state of Oklahoma, parents can apply for vaccination exemptions on medical, religious or personal grounds. Many parents are not aware of these exemptions. SB779 would require school boards to provide the exemption information to parents. It also establishes a method by which school boards may mandate masks and it includes limitations.


SB821 has received a significant attention from folks on both sides of the issue. While it has the good intentions of reducing restrictions on pharmacists, it sets limitations on the cost-sharing benefits of the large pharmacy chains. I did not vote in support of this bill due to the certain negative economic impact of limiting one sector of a particular industry. This bill must be rejected in spite of the good that may come from the deregulation in this bill. I hope the author will remove the cost limitations so pharmacies may benefit from the reduced restrictions.

Beginning next week, both chambers will be hearing bills on the floor. The final stage for the bills that are passed off the floor by May 22nd will be Governor Stitt’s desk.


This bill was from the session last year. I was excited to be the House author on this bill by Senator Daniels. It was a request bill from a constituent. This bill will adjust how auto tags are handled when a car is repossessed. It allows the tag to be treated as personal property so it can be returned to the owner. It will help those in this industry. It was the first opportunity I have had to present a bill on the floor. It has been sent to the governor’s desk.

Parents Be Aware

God gives the responsibility of rearing children to the parents and not to the state. Parents are the ultimate authority in the lives of their children.  Parents determine how best to guide their own children. Be aware that there are members of our Oklahoma legislature who question whether parents should be entrusted with such an important responsibility.

The following quotes are from a committee meeting discussion of SB627. It is a simple bill which begins with, “No public body shall conduct any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling.”

“Article XIV of the Constitution addresses that you cannot withhold information or training about other citizens.”

“You want the white parents to teach their white beliefs about diversity? It is very difficult in Oklahoma because everyone is white and the ones that aren’t are left out.”

“How do you think the parents, and we all have to admit this that we have a long history of not being very kind to people who don’t look like us or act like us, So how do you expect parents to be in charge of opening the minds of their children to accept other human beings just as they are?”

“As our citizens in Oklahoma have grown up since the 1900s we have been a very close-minded state and we are just beginning to make some strides to change that. So parents are still trying to change it or they don’t want to change anything. They like it just like it is. So why do you think that parents are going to open the minds of our youngsters so we can have a stronger, more inclusive, more diverse state?”

“I find this bill to be anti-Oklahoman. It is a bill to cause separation between people.” 

-Quotes from a Democrat member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, March 31, 2021

View the 3/31/2021 General Government meeting here:

Week 9

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

This week in OKC the “Tip of the Spear” exhibit was officially opened at the Oklahoma History Center on Monday. The outdoor exhibit features a Bell UH-1 helicopter, better known as the Huey, which become an iconic symbol of the Vietnam War. It sits atop a representation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall, which represents the more than 58,000 lives of U.S. service members, including 988 Oklahomans, lost in the war.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution recognizing Vietnam veterans and welcoming them home. House Resolution 1018 by Rep. Tommy Hardin of Madill officially recognized and honored Vietnam War veterans for their service and sacrifice, joining the national celebration of Vietnam War Veterans Day. The resolution also expressed appreciation for the veterans’ service to the state and nation and with deep appreciation welcomed them home.

“Unfortunately, due to the unpopularity of the Vietnam War at its end, our nation’s veterans were not welcomed with open arms as they should have been when they finally returned home,” Hardin, a Marine, said. “These brave service members deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for their country and in pursuit of freedom everywhere, and we thank them for their heroism and valor.”

My father was a Marine and a Huey crew chief during the Tet Offensive. He was a great man who loved life and loved his family, but events that happened during his time in Vietnam and when he returned home troubled him throughout his life. This memorial service and the House resolution were particularly meaningful to me.

Week 8

Committee meetings are in full swing again as the Senate bills make their way to the House. The entire process of hearing bills in committee before sending them to the House floor which we just completed with House bills is repeated with each of the Senate bills.

As a member of the Administrative Rules committee, this week I heard SB913 by Senator Julie Daniels. I voted in support of this bill and I believe it is one of the most important bills we will hear this session.

It is probably no secret that the nearly 200 state agencies regularly legislate by passing rules which will be enforced as laws. Currently, any changes to these rules must be presented to the legislature for disapproval.  All rule changes must be submitted to the Administrative Rules committee no later than April 1st. Members of this committee receive stacks of rules to be examined. We have a brief window in which to read and investigate all proposed changes. SB913 addresses this process.

SB 913 modifies the procedure for the approval of agency rules. The measure allows the Legislature to repeal an agency rule by joint resolution

The measure directs the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate to establish a Joint Committee on Administrative Rules comprised of current members. The Joint Committee is to consider proposed rules, amended rules, and repeal requests submitted by an agency and is authorized to meet during the interim.

The ability to meet all year to review new or unnecessary rules is a vital step in ensuring all legislation passes through the legislature. I look forward to seeing the procedures in this bill implemented.