Paul Wesselhoft

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Paul Wesselhoft
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Oklahoma House of Representatives District 54
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years total in state legislative chambers
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Central Oklahoma (1972)
Master'sSouthern Nazarene University (1976)
OtherGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1979)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Personal
BirthdayAugust 16, 1947
Place of birthOklahoma City, Oklahoma
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
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Paul Wesselhoft (b. August 16, 1947) is a Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 54. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. He currently holds the position of Assistant Majority Floor Leader.

Biography

Wesselhoft earned his B.A. in Drama at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1972, his M.A. in Religion from Southern Nazarene University in 1976 and his M.A. in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1979.[1]

His professional experience includes being a pastor at the Community Chapel in Vicenza, Italy; coordinator of the Oklahoma State Department of Health; and has worked as administrative assistant and office manager for Oklahomans for Children and Families. Wesselhoft is a retired major, Airborne Ranger Chaplain, in the United States Army.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations and Budget
Energy and Aerospace
General Government, Chair
Veterans and Military Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Wesselhoft served on the following committees:

Law enforcement drones

On January 17, 2013, Wesselhoft introduced HB 1556, his proposed Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Act. His bill would ban all surveillance by unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) except surveillance conducted with a search warrant, of public property, in a search and rescue operation, for the purpose of responding to natural disasters, or with informed consent of the party under surveillance. The bill would create several misdemeanor offenses for violations of its provisions as well as allow people injured by violations to sue the individuals or agencies involved. Wesselhoft's bill was referred to the Energy & Aerospace Committee on February 5.[2][3]

"Caylee's Law"

Wesselhoft is one of several lawmakers around the nation who plan to introduce legislation known as "Caylee's Law." Named after the child whose death lead to the Casey Anthony murder trial, the laws would propose a range of provisions which mandate timely reporting of missing or deceased children. Wesselhoft plans to propose the law at the beginning of 2012 session.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma House of Representatives 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 Paul Wesselhoft defeated Adam Graham in the Republican primary. Wesselhoft is unchallenged in the general election.[5][6]

2012

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wesselhoft ran in the 2012 election for Oklahoma House District 54. Wesselhoft ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26 and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9][10]

2010

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wesselhoft ran for re-election 2010 election for Oklahoma State House District 54. Wesselhoft was unchallenged in the general election on November 2, 2010. Wesselhoft was unopposed in the Republican primary election on July 27, 2010.[11][12][13][14]

2008

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Wesselhoft won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Because he ran unopposed, the number of votes was not published.[15] $44,599 was raised for this campaign.[16]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Paul Wesselhoft is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Paul Wesselhoft raised a total of $192,728 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[17]

Paul Wesselhoft's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 54 Won $41,978
2010 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 54 Won $37,692
2008 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 54 Won $44,599
2006 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 54 Won $14,812
2004 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 54 Won $53,647
Grand Total Raised $192,728

2012

Paul Wesselhoft won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Paul Wesselhoft raised a total of $41,978.
Oklahoma House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Wesselhoft's campaign in 2012
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma$3,000
Cherokee Nation$1,000
Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians$800
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association$750
Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives$500
Total Raised in 2012$41,978
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Paul Wesselhoft won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Paul Wesselhoft raised a total of $37,692.

2008

Paul Wesselhoft won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Paul Wesselhoft raised a total of $44,599.

2006

Paul Wesselhoft won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Paul Wesselhoft raised a total of $14,812.

2004

Paul Wesselhoft won election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Paul Wesselhoft raised a total of $53,647.

Scorecards

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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

Paul Wesselhoft endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [18]

Personal

Wesselhoft and his wife, Judy, have two children: Holly and Justin.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Paul Wesselhoft," accessed June 4, 2014
  2. Oklahoma State Legislature, "Text of Oklahoma HB 1556," accessed June 4, 2014
  3. Oklahoma State Legislature, "Bill information for Oklahoma HB 1556," accessed June 4, 2014
  4. ABC News, "Casey Anthony Trial Aftermath: 'Caylee's Law' Drafted in 4 States," July 7, 2011
  5. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Officials 2014," accessed April 15, 2014
  6. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Official Results Statewide Primary Election — June 24, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014
  7. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2012," April 13, 2012
  8. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Official Primary Election Results— June 26, 2012," July 6, 2012
  9. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Runoff Primary Election Results— August 28, 2012," accessed May 25, 2014
  10. Oklahoma State Election Board, "General Election Results— November 6, 2012," accessed May 25, 2014
  11. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Oklahoma Candidates for State Elective Office 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  12. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Summary Results Primary Election — July 27, 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  13. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Summary Results Runoff Primary Election — August 24, 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  14. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Summary Results General Election — November 2, 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  15. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Unopposed Candidates Elected- 2008 General Election," accessed May 25, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 26, 2014
  17. followthemoney.org, "Wesselhoft, Paul," accessed July 23, 2013
  18. The American Presidency Project, "Press Release - Mitt Romney Announces Additional Oklahoma Endorsements," March 5, 2012
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