In Oklahoma State Senate, more Democrats than Republicans feel impact of term limits

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July 19, 2010

Johnnie Crutchfield, who is ineligible to run for Oklahoma State Senate District 14 because of term limits. Crutchfield has held the seat since 1998

By Leslie Graves

Oklahoma was one of the first states whose voters enacted state legislative term limits. In 2010, the impact of the term limits that Oklahoma voters approved when they enacted State Question 632 on September 18, 1990 will be felt by more Democrats than Republicans.

Democratic state senators Joe Sweeden, Johnnie Crutchfield, Kenneth Corn and Mary Easley are ineligible to run for re-election to the Oklahoma legislature in 2010, as are two Republicans, Glenn Coffee and Mike Johnson.

Republicans hold a 4-seat advantage over Democrats going into the November 2 election, and their prospects of holding onto their state senate majority are enhanced by the fact that they are losing two senators, while the Democratic Party is losing four senators.


Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 12
     Republican Party 36
Total 48

Louis Jacobson, a staff writer for PolitiFact, did an early-season analysis of which state legislatures may change majority party control as the result of the November elections. He does not rate the Oklahoma State Senate as likely to change in this regard, and this may be partly due to the differential impact of term limits on the state senate's partisan make-up.[1]

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