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T. W. Shannon
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Oklahoma House of Representatives District 62
Incumbent
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker of the House
January 8, 2013 – February 4, 2014
Compensation
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years total in state legislative chambers
Education
Bachelor'sCameron University
J.D.Oklahoma City University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 24, 1978
ProfessionBusiness Consultant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
T. W. Shannon (b. February 24, 1978) is a Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 62. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Shannon stepped down from his position as Speaker of the House on February 4, 2014, to focus on his U.S. Senate campaign.[1]

Shannon ran for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the retirement of Tom Coburn (R).[2][3][4] He was defeated by James Lankford in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[5]

Biography

Shannon earned his B.A. in communications from Cameron University and his J.D. from Oklahoma City University. He is a self-employed business consultant.[6]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014

Shannon was a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in the 2014 special election. Shannon formed an exploratory committee in January 2014 and officially announced his candidacy on January 29, 2014.[3][2][7][4]

In a statement announcing his candidacy, Shannon said that as speaker he has worked to “show the rest of the country what kind of prosperity could come from conservative policies.”[2] “The American people are tired, and they want someone who will fight to protect their values,” Shannon added.[2]

James Lankford defeated Shannon, Jason Weger, Kevin Crow, Randy Brogdon, Eric McCray and Andy Craig in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[8]

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lankford 57.2% 152,658
T.W. Shannon 34.4% 91,772
Randy Brogdon 4.8% 12,924
Kevin Crow 1.1% 2,825
Andy Craig 0.9% 2,425
Eric McCray 0.9% 2,270
Jason Weger 0.7% 1,793
Total Votes 266,667
Source: Results via Associated Press


Endorsements

Shannon has been endorsed by the following:

Media

T.W. Shannon

T.W. Shannon, "The Dignity of Work."

T.W. Shannon, "Ethics & Integrity."

T.W. Shannon, "New Direction."
James Lankford

James Lankford, "Let's Go Take Our Country Back."

James Lankford, "Trust."

James Lankford, "Already Fighting for Oklahoma."
Senate Conservatives Fund

Senate Conservatives Fund, "New Generation."
Foundation for Economic Prosperity

Foundation for Economic Prosperity, "Tested and Proven."
Ad controversy
Coburn statement

In recent weeks, the pro-Shannon group, Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, and the pro-Lankford group, Foundation for Economic Prosperity, have released negative ads disparaging each of the candidates vying for Sen. Coburn’s seat. Coburn released the following statement about the growing negativity in the race: “When the U.S. Senate special election in Oklahoma began, I made a private commitment to James Lankford and T.W. Shannon that I would call out any ads I saw as untruthful. Last week I spoke out against political advertisements in Oklahoma unfairly and inaccurately attacking James Lankford. To be fair, I must also comment on the equally disappointing negative advertisements airing in the state by the Foundation for Economic Prosperity, Inc. attacking T.W. Shannon. They are wrong and should be rejected by Oklahomans. The negative on-air advertisements and untruthful mail pieces against both Lankford and Shannon should stop. This race should be about the urgent threats to our future well-being, not the political goals of outside interest groups.”[11]

Shannon statement

In response to negative ads released about himself and Lankford in the special election for Coburn’s Senate seat, Shannon said, “I hope everyone will agree that keeping the advertising focused on issues and records will best serve the people of Oklahoma as they determine who their next U.S. Senator should be. There are real differences between Congressman Lankford and myself when it comes to our record on debt and spending, and I welcome that discussion. But I believe that discussion should remain focused on our record, and free of images showing my opponent with President Obama. I have said this before, but it bears repeating in this instance: as brothers in Christ, Congressman Lankford and I are competitors, not enemies.”[12]

Lankford statement

Lankford responded to Shannon’s statement arguing that they were overdue and that they did not go far enough in admonishing the outside groups releasing the ads. Lankford said, “I am confident that for the past week, Oklahomans have contacted the Shannon campaign to encourage them to stop the attack ads and misrepresentations. As a result, Mr. Shannon has now issued a long overdue statement to distance himself from the TV attack ads, but apparently not the new negative attack postcards hitting mailboxes across Oklahoma today. The only item that Mr. Shannon took issue with in his statement is placing my image next to the President’s. Is Mr. Shannon supportive of the remainder of the attacks, or is he not?” [12]

Polls

Republican primary: Lankford v. Shannon
Poll James Lankford T.W. ShannonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SoonerPoll.com
June 19-21, 2014
43.4%34.9%13.3%+/-4.81415
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Republican primary: Lankford v. Shannon
Poll James Lankford T.W. ShannonUndecidedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Tarrance Group
June 9-11, 2014
41%34%18%7%+/-4.5500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Republican primary
Poll James Lankford T.W. ShannonKevin CrowJason WegerRandy BrogdonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 30-February 1, 2014
54%18%0%1%0%27%+/-3.91627
Tarrance Group
February 10-12, 2014
47%17%3%0%0%33%+/-4.9500
Public Opinion Strategies
March 16-17, 2014
37%28%0%0%7%28%+/-4.38500
AVERAGES 46% 21% 1% 0.33% 2.33% 29.33% +/-4.4 542.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2012

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shannon ran in the 2012 election for Oklahoma House District 62. Shannon ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26 and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[13][14][15][16]

2010

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2010

Shannon ran for re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was unopposed in the Republican primary. He also ran unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010. Vote totals were not reported for unopposed candidates.[17][18][19][20]

2008

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Shannon won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He defeated Randy Warren (D) in the general election.[21] $168,808 was raised for this campaign.[22]

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 62
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png T.W. SHANNON (R) 6,484
RANDY WARREN (D) 4,139

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shannon's reports.[23]

T. W. Shannon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$0$807,952.78$(304,971.56)$502,981.22
Running totals
$807,952.78$(304,971.56)

Comprehensive donor information for T. W. Shannon is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, T. W. Shannon raised a total of $750,972 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[25]

T. W. Shannon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 62 Won $306,130
2010 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 62 Won $87,169
2008 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 62 Won $168,808
2006 Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 62 Won $188,865
Grand Total Raised $750,972

2012

T. W. Shannon won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, T. W. Shannon raised a total of $306,130.
Oklahoma House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to T. W. Shannon's campaign in 2012
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association$8,000
Love, Tom E$5,000
Oklahoma Association of Realtors$5,000
Cherokee Nation$5,000
Chickasaw Nation$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$306,130
Source:Follow the Money

2010

T. W. Shannon won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, T. W. Shannon raised a total of $87,169.

2008

T. W. Shannon won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, T. W. Shannon raised a total of $168,808.

2006

T. W. Shannon won election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, T. W. Shannon raised a total of $188,865.

Personal

Shannon and his wife, Devon, have two children, Audrey Grace and T.W. II.[26]

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References

  1. TulsaWorld.com, "Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon steps down for Senate run," accessed February 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Politico, "Jim Bridenstine says no to Senate run," accessed January 29, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Hill, "Oklahoma House Speaker moving toward Senate bid," accessed January 22, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 NPR, "A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. T. W. Shannon," accessed June 4, 2014
  7. Yahoo News, "Shannon enters race for Oklahoma seat in U.S. Senate," accessed January 29, 2014
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  9. Politico, "SCF backs Shannon in Okla. Senate race," accessed April 1, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Tulsa World, "T.W. Shannon touts Ted Cruz endorsement in U.S. Senate race," accessed April 17, 2014
  11. NewsOk.com, "Lankford features Coburn in new ad; Coburn calls out pro-Lankford group," accessed June 19, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 NewsOk.com, "T.W. Shannon says outside groups should stick to issues, records in U.S. Senate race," accessed June 19, 2014
  13. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2012," April 13, 2012
  14. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Official Primary Election Results— June 26, 2012," July 6, 2012
  15. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Runoff Primary Election Results— August 28, 2012," accessed May 25, 2014
  16. Oklahoma State Election Board, "General Election Results— November 6, 2012," accessed May 25, 2014
  17. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Oklahoma Candidates for State Elective Office 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  18. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Summary Results Primary Election — July 27, 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  19. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Summary Results Runoff Primary Election — August 24, 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  20. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Summary Results General Election — November 2, 2010," accessed May 25, 2014
  21. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Oklahoma House of Representatives official election results for 2008," accessed May 26, 2014
  22. FollowtheMoney.org, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 26, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Shannon 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 24, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  25. FollowtheMoney.org, "Shannon, T W," accessed July 23, 2013
  26. T.W. Shannon.com, "Meet T.W.," accessed May 20, 2014
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