Mike Workman

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Mike Workman
Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Texas, 1972
Master'sUniversity of North Texas, 1974
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Mike Workman was a Democratic candidate for Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor in the 2014 elections.[1] Mike Workman lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Workman earned his bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from the University of North Texas in 1972. He then earned his master's degree in education supervision focusing on music supervision in 1974. He later performed post-graduate studies in educational administration focusing on curriculum and instruction and arts administration at the University of Texas at Austin from 1976 to 1978.[2]

Following a short career as a public school teacher from 1974 to 1976, in 1978 Workman founded Workman & Company, a political consulting company that aims to elect Democrats to public office.[2]


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Workman submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:[2]

  • Asbestos
Excerpt: "Workplace safety was not improved when the incumbent dealt with asbestos problems by cutting the number of inspectors in the Asbestos Abatement/Inspection Unit. I would restore it to previous levels to protect working conditions and the safety of those using public and private buildings in Oklahoma."
  • Minimum wage
Excerpt: "I support an increase to $10.10 per hour and to have it indexed for inflation. We should also phase-out the current exceptions where mostly food-service workers can be paid less than minimum wage. If neither the federal government nor the Oklahoma Legislature acts on this issue, I will lead an effort to put a State Question on the ballot."
  • Wages for public employees
Excerpt: "I also support taking steps towards a Livable Wage and would lead by example. All state employees in the Department of Labor will make at least $15 per hour. And I would advocate that all public employees in Oklahoma also make at least $15 per hour."



See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Workman ran for election as Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor. Workman won the Democratic nomination in the unopposed primary on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Oklahoma Labor Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Costello Incumbent 62.8% 504,307
     Democratic Mike Workman 37.2% 299,284
Total Votes 803,591
Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.

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  1. Facebook, "Workman for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner," accessed August 29, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on September 23, 2014