Scott Pruitt

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Scott Pruitt
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Attorney General of Oklahoma
In office
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorDrew Edmondson (D)
Assistant Minority Floor Leader
Oklahoma State Senate
Republican Whip, Oklahoma State Senate
Base salary$132,825
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$2,231,071
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Oklahoma State Senate
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky and Georgetown College (1990)
J.D.University of Tulsa (1993)
Date of birthMay 9, 1968
Place of birthDanville, Kentucky
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Pruitt (born May 9, 1968, in Danville, Kentucky) is the 17th and current Attorney General of Oklahoma. Only the second Republican to hold the seat, he has served in this position since January 2011. Pruitt easily won election on November 2, 2010, defeating Democrat Jim Priest by a margin of 65.1 percent to 34.9 percent.[1] The seat was open following Drew Edmondson's decision not to seek re-election.[2]

Campaigning on a platform of restoring limited government and the balance of power between state and federal government, Pruitt has consistently opposed what he sees as the overreach of the Obama administration. As such, upon taking office he established Oklahoma's first Federalism Unit in the Office of Solicitor General with the goal of combating "unwarranted regulation and systematic overreach by federal agencies, boards and offices."[3]

Pruitt was elected as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association in 2012, and re-elected for a second term in February 2013.[4]

Prior to becoming the state's top attorney, Pruitt was a member of the State Senate from 1998-2006. He served for four years as Assistant Republican Floor Leader. While serving in that body, his major issues included greater accountability for government spending and faith-based legislation.[3]

Pruitt ran without opposition for re-election as Oklahoma Attorney General in 2014. He formally announced on July 29, 2013, that he would seek re-election.[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014. Scott Pruitt won the general election on November 4, 2014, without opposition.


Pruitt grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a baseball scholarship to University of Kentucky and finished his bachelor's degree in communications and political science at Georgetown College. Shortly after receiving his law degree from the University of Tulsa, Pruitt joined a Tulsa-based private practice law firm where he specialized in constitutional law, contracts, insurance law, labor law and litigation & appeals. In 2004, he became the general managing partner for Oklahoma City's Triple-A baseball team, the Oklahoma Red Hawks.[6]


  • B.A., University of Kentucky and Georgetown College (1990)
  • J.D., University of Tulsa (1993)

Political career

Having served five years in the private sector, Pruitt chose to enter the Oklahoma political stage in 1998 when he was elected to the State Senate, representing Tulsa and Wagoner Counties. After two years, he was selected by his peers to serve as the Republican Whip from 2001 to 2003 before being named the Republican Assistant Floor Leader, a position he held until he left the state legislature in 2006.

Oklahoma Attorney General (2011-present)


Healthcare reform

See also: State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

Though his predecessor, Democrat Drew Edmondson, gave up on litigation against the federal health care measures, incoming Republican State Attorney General Pruitt said he planned to move forward on the legal action as soon as he took office. However, as of December 2010, he had yet to decide "whether to take action here on Oklahoma or join one of the other suits against the law."[7]

Illegal immigration

Pruitt promised that if elected state attorney general he would "sue the federal government for all expenses his state incurs as a result of illegal immigration," including in jails, schools and medical facilities.[8] He believes that the expenses provide the federal government with an unfunded mandate and that each of the individual states must hold them accountable.


  • Mortgage/Foreclosure abuse settlement

Pruitt was the only state attorney general who declined to sign off on the $25 billion settlement agreement between Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and GMAC and 49 other states over foreclosure abuses. Believing that the settlement's expansion into principle reduction and loan refinancing, beyond basic legal issues, "exceeded his authority as attorney general," Pruitt pursued a separate agreement with the same five mortgage lenders. The agreement awarded $18.6 million in relief to the state.

Pruitt is a critic of federal government policies; "I have a role to play as attorney general and that role is to enforce state law and compensate victims of lending abuses," not participate with other states in supporting President Obama's efforts to restructure the mortgage industry.[9]

  • Mandatory Ultrasound Bill

In June 2012, Pruitt appealed a Oklahoma County District ruling that House Bill 2780, which would have required any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound within an hour of the procedure and have it explained to her before the procedure, was unconstitutional. Three months prior to Pruitt's appeal to have that decision invalidated, Judge Bryan C. Dixon rebuffed the Republican driven law on the grounds that it "improperly is addressed only to patients, physicians and sonographers concerning abortions and does not address all patients, physicians and sonographers concerning other medical care where a general law could clearly be made applicable."[10]

Weeks before this appeal, Pruitt appealed another court's ruling against a different piece of abortion-related legislation, House Bill 1970, which sought to place restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs. Both judicial strike-downs resulted from challenges brought by an activist group dedicated to reproductive freedom, the Center for Reproductive Rights (joined by co-plaintiff The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice in the second case). In response to Pruitt's latter appeal, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights said, "This administration's utter hostility toward women's reproductive rights evidently knows no bounds."

A spokeswoman from the attorney general's office defended the appeal, citing the value of abortion ultrasound statute as a vehicle for medical education and information. The statement echoed the language of Pruitt's June 20 filing, in which he claimed the court's decision to overturn the statute stemmed from a false interpretation of the Oklahoma Constitution.[10]

"The trial court - in error - that the Oklahoma Constitution forbids legislation ensuring women receive meaningful medical information obtained through ultrasounds that the clinics are currently requiring."[10]

Oklahoma State Senate (1998-2006)

Pruitt served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1998 to 2006.



See also: Oklahoma attorney general election, 2014

Pruitt ran for re-election without opposition as Oklahoma Attorney General in 2014. He formally announced on July 29, 2013 that he would seek re-election, with energy executive Harold Hamm serving as his campaign chairman.[5]

Pruitt won the Republican primary on June 24 without opposition and faced no opponent in the general election. Scott Pruitt won the general election on November 4, 2014, without opposition.


See also: Oklahoma Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Scott Pruitt 56.1%
     Republican Party Ryan Leonard 43.9%
Total Votes 239,644

On November 2, 2010, Scott Pruitt won election to the office of Oklahoma Attorney General. He defeated Jim Priest (D) in the general election.

Oklahoma Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Pruitt 65.1% 666,407
     Democratic Jim Priest 34.9% 357,162
Total Votes 1,023,569
Election Results Via: Oklahoma State Board of Elections


2006 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Todd Hiett 42.8%[13]
     Republican Party Scott Pruitt 33.7%
     Republican Party Nancy Riley 23.5%
Total Votes 178,985
2006 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary Runoff[14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Todd Hiett 50.9%
     Republican Party Scott Pruitt 49.1%
Total Votes 130,037


2001 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John Sullivan 45.5%
     Republican Party Cathy Keating 30.5%
     Republican Party Scott Pruitt 22.8%
     Republican Party George E. Banasky 0.7%
     Republican Party Evelyn L. Rogers 0.5%
Total Votes 41,773


1998 Race for State Senate, District 54 - Republican Primary
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Scott Pruitt 48.9%[15]
     Republican Party Gerald Wright 45.5%
     Republican Party Douglas E. Meehan 0.1%
Total Votes 4,003
1998 Race for State Senate, District 54 - Republican Primary Runoff
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Scott Pruitt 56.3%
     Republican Party Gerald Wright 43.7%
Total Votes 4,129

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pruitt is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pruitt raised a total of $2,231,071 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.[16]

Scott Pruitt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 OK Attorney General Not up for election $176,682
2010 OK Attorney General Won $1,104,736
2006 OK Lieutenant Governor Defeated $885,456
2004 OK State Senate Not up for election $8,474
2002 OK State Senate Won $55,723
Grand Total Raised $2,231,071


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Scott Pruitt's donors each year.[17] Click [show] for more information.

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Scott and his wife Marlyn live in Broken Arrow with their two children, McKenna and Cade. He serves as Deacon at the First Baptist, Broken Arrow.[3]

Contact information

Capitol Address:

Office of the Attorney General
313 Northeast 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: (405) 521-3921
Fax: (405) 522-4534

See also

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  1. Oklahoma Election Management System, "Election night results by county for November 2, 2010," November 8, 2010
  2. KOTV "Attorney General Drew Edmondson For Governor" 10 June, 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General, " About Scott Pruitt," accessed July 23, 2013
  4. Oklahoma Republican Party, "OK AG Scott Pruitt Re-Elected as Chairman of the Republican AGs Association," February 25, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tulsa World, "Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to seek re-election," July 29, 2013 (dead link)
  6. Oklahoma Attorney General, "About the AG," accessed February 10, 2012
  7. News Talk Radio KRMG "Attorney General Elect Still Plans Legal Action Against the Healthcare Law" 14 Dec. 2010 (dead link)
  8. FOX News, "Oklahoma Attorney General Nominee Vows to Sue U.S. Over Illegal Immigration" 20 May, 2010
  9. Scientific American, "Okla. AG says state settles with mortgage lenders," February 9, 2012 (dead link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Tulsa World News, "State AG appeals court's ruling tossing abortion ultrasound bill," June 22, 2012
  11. Oklahoma State Election Board - 2010 Primary Election Results
  12. Oklahoma State Election Board - Primary Election 2006
  13. Even though Todd Hiett received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Oklahoma state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  14. Oklahoma State Election Board - Runoff Primary Election 2006
  15. Even though Scott Pruitt received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Oklahoma state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  16. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Scott Pruitt," accessed May 13, 2012
  17. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015

Political offices
Preceded by
Drew Edmondson (D)
Oklahoma Attorney General
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Preceded by
Oklahoma State Senate
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