Josh Brecheen

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Josh Brecheen
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Oklahoma State Senate District 6
Incumbent
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years total in state legislative chambers
Education
Bachelor'sOklahoma State University, 2002
Personal
BirthdayJune 19, 1979
Place of birthAda, OK
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Josh Brecheen (b. June 19, 1979) is a Republican member of the Oklahoma State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Breecheen earned his B.S. in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. His professional experience includes owning a quarter horse breeding operation, serving as a field representative for U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, and owning a motivational speaking business, Breechen Keynotes and Seminars.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Public Safety
Tourism and Wildlife, Vice-chair
Veterans and Military Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brecheen served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

Brecheen campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Legislative Pay: "Oklahoma lawmakers are the third highest part time paid legislature in the entire nation. Oklahoma state lawmakers earn over $50,000 for only four months of work a year ($38,400 plus a tax-free per diem and reimbursement on mileage), while the average Oklahoman earns only $30,000 for a full twelve months of work. Those in elected office must earn the trust and respect of the taxpayer by not accepting an easy ride."

Brecheen on state priorities[3]
  • Education: "Giving public schools flexibility and the best tools possible will fuel ingenuity and enable their students to excel in ways the government couldn’t dream of...Josh will also run legislation (until passed) requiring every lawmaker to place their retirement inside of the teacher retirement system in order to give incentive to make the system solvent."
  • Water: "Josh will fight to protect the quality/volume of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer and will look to CPASA for insight and ideas on how to move the ball forward. As a conservative, Josh believes in more local control and this certainly pertains to water issues."
  • Agriculture: "Growing up on a working cattle and cow horse ranch and working in a family owned John Deere Dealership taught Josh the value of hard work and agriculture’s vital role in Oklahoma’s economy. Today, Josh ranches and owns a performance Quarter Horse breeding operation."
  • Right to Bear Arms: "I believe firmly and will defend the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I am a lifetime hunter and fisher and a strong advocate of that right as well."
  • Jobs: "Since the founding of our country, our ancestors, with innovation and inventions, passed on greater prosperity to each generation that followed – fostered in a nation and work environment that encouraged opportunity with the goal of personal responsibility and success that would be celebrated as one provided for their family. For the past few years however, the private sector has declined from too much government intrusion, government growth, and a business killing environment created by those who do not understand nor encourage small business success, particularly in rural communities."
  • Defending Life: "Josh earns a 100% pro-life rating from Oklahomans for Life. Josh choice to run on the Republican ticket centers on this issue."

Elections

2014

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. Incumbent Josh Brecheen was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Joe B. Hill was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Vicki Gaylor is running as an Independent candidate. Brecheen, Hill and Gaylor will face off in the general election.[4][5]

2010

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2010

Brecheen ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 27. He defeated incumbent Jay Paul Gumm (D) in the general election. Gumm was seeking his third term.[6][7][8][9]

Oklahoma State Senate, District 6
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Josh Brecheen (R) 11,719
Jay Paul Gumm (D) 8,925

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Josh Brecheen is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Josh Brecheen raised a total of $284,771 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[10]

Josh Brecheen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oklahoma State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $37,064
2010 Oklahoma State Senate, District 6 Won $247,707
Grand Total Raised $284,771

2012

Josh Brecheen was not up for election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Josh Brecheen raised a total of $37,064.
Oklahoma State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Josh Brecheen's campaign in 2012
Oklahoma Osteopathic Association$1,250
Conocophillips$1,000
Oklahoma Medical Association$1,000
International Paper$1,000
Smith, Tom$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$37,064
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Josh Brecheen won election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Josh Brecheen raised a total of $247,707.

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 54th Oklahoma State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 4 to May 24. In 2014, the Oklahoma State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 3 to May 23.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with business, industry, job creation and economic growth issues deemed important by the private sector.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with the environment.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with the growth and development of the Oklahoma City region.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 53rd Oklahoma State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 7 to May 27. In 2012, the 53rd Oklahoma State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 6 to May 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with business, industry, job creation and economic growth issues deemed important by the private sector.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with the environment.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with the growth and development of the Oklahoma City region.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Josh Brecheen endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [11]

Personal

Brecheen is married to his wife Kacie. He has two step children, Micah and Makayla, and he and his wife have one son, Colt Justice They live in Coalgate, OK.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Paul Gumm (D)
Oklahoma State Senate District 6
2010–present
Succeeded by
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