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Curtis McDaniel
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Current candidacy
Running for Oklahoma State Senate, District 5
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Oklahoma House of Representatives District 1
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 14, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years total in state legislative chambers
Bachelor'sOklahoma State University
Master'sOklahoma State University
Office website
Campaign website
Curtis McDaniel (b. January 17, 1952) is a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on February 14, 2012, to replace Rusty Farley (R), who passed away on July 4, 2011. McDaniel was sworn in on February 22, 2012.[1][2] He is the current Minority Caucus Secretary.

He is currently a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 5 of the Oklahoma State Senate.


McDaniel earned his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education from Oklahoma State University in 1975 and his M.Ed. in Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1998.[3]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McDaniel served on the following committees:

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Wildlife
Common Education
Tourism and International Relations


Campaign themes


McDaniel's campaign Facebook page highlights the following issues:[4]


  • Excerpt: "I will fight for Southeastern Oklahoma to receive our fair share of the resources our state has to offer to improve our chances of getting new businesses in our area. To grow an economy you need natural resources (ex: water), an infrastructure, a good education system as well as a work force."


  • Excerpt: "We must protect our natural resources, especially our water. We should never sell our water to anyone but keep it here to be used by us and the companies who locate here."


  • Excerpt: "We must continue to improve our education which is the largest single employer in most every community in rural Oklahoma. We must demand that the control of our public education be returned to the local level and all unfunded mandates be eliminated."

Natural Gas

  • Excerpt: "Convert it and use it."

Senior Citizens

  • Excerpt: "We must fight for the right for our Seniors to be provided for and taken care of. They are a deserving generation like any other."


  • Excerpt: "We must continue to extend our four lane highways, east and west, as well as north and south. We must also improve our communications and housing."



See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014. Joe M. Silk defeated Brent Shain in the Republican primary, while Curtis McDaniel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Silk and McDaniel will face off in the general election.[5][6]


See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2012

McDaniel ran for re-election to Oklahoma House District 1. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9][10]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

McDaniel defeated Joe M. Silk (R), Bethany Farley (I), and James Skipper (I) in the special election on February 14, 2012. McDaniel garnered 61.8% of the vote. Both major party candidates won contested primaries on November 8, 2011.[11][12][13]

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 1, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis McDaniel 61.8% 2,190
     Republican Joe M. Silk 28.1% 995
     Independent Bethany Farley 7.6% 271
     Independent James Skipper 2.5% 89
Total Votes 3,545

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Curtis McDaniel is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Curtis McDaniel raised a total of $63,017 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[14]

Curtis McDaniel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 1 Won $63,017
Grand Total Raised $63,017


General election

Curtis McDaniel won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Curtis McDaniel raised a total of $24,236.
Oklahoma House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Curtis McDaniel's campaign in 2012
McDaniel, Curtis L$9,286
Electrical Workers$2,500
Chickasaw Nation$2,000
Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing$2,000
Oklahoma State AFL-CIO$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$24,236
Source:Follow the Money

Special election

Curtis McDaniel won election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Curtis McDaniel raised a total of $38,781.
Oklahoma House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Curtis McDaniel's campaign in 2012
Mcdaniel, Curtis L$11,531
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association$2,500
Chickasaw Nation$2,000
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma$2,000
Oklahoma Public Employees Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$38,781
Source:Follow the Money


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Political offices
Preceded by
Rusty Farley (D)
Oklahoma House of Representatives - District 1
Succeeded by