John Sparks (Oklahoma)

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John Sparks
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Oklahoma State Senate District 16
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years total in state legislative chambers
Education
Associate'sHarvard University, 1991
J.D.University of Oklahoma, 1994
Personal
Place of birthSulphur, OK
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Sparks is a Democratic member of the Oklahoma State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Sparks earned his A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. His professional experience includes being a founding partner of the law firm Odom, Sparks, Jones & Kerr.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Finance
Insurance, Vice-chair
Rules
Veterans and Military Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate 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 John Sparks was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Sparks is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]

2010

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2010

Sparks won re-election to the Oklahoma State Senate against Sharon Parker (R). Both candidate were unopposed in the primary election on July 27, 2010. The election took place on November 2, 2010.[4][5][6][7]

Oklahoma State Senate, District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Sparks (D) 10,507
Sharon Parker (R) 9,460

2006

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Sparks was elected to Oklahoma Senate District 16.[8]

Sparks raised $375,759 for his campaign.[9]

Oklahoma Senate District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png JOHN SPARKS (D) 10,988
RON DAVIS (R) 7,874

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for John Sparks is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, John Sparks raised a total of $813,013 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[10]

John Sparks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oklahoma State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $43,465
2010 Oklahoma State Senate, District 16 Won $279,443
2008 Oklahoma State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $114,346
2006 Oklahoma State Senate, District 16 Won $375,759
Grand Total Raised $813,013

2012

John Sparks was not up for election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, John Sparks raised a total of $43,465.
Oklahoma State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Sparks (Oklahoma)'s campaign in 2012
Caldwell, Dan$1,000
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association$1,000
Newfield Exploration$1,000
Architects PAC$500
Oklahoma Land Title Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$43,465
Source:Follow the Money

2010

John Sparks won re-election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, John Sparks raised a total of $279,443.

2008

John Sparks was not up for election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, John Sparks raised a total of $114,346.

2006

John Sparks won election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, John Sparks raised a total of $375,759.

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.

Personal

Sparks was born in Sulphur, Oklahoma. He is married to Elizabeth Sneed Sparks and together they have 2 children, Hunt and Benjamin. They currently reside in Norman, Oklahoma.[1]

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Oklahoma State Senate District 16
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