Joy Hofmeister

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Joy Hofmeister
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Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
January 12, 2015 - present
Term ends
Years in position 0
Base salary$124,373
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oklahoma State Board of Education
January 2012-April 2013
Bachelor'sTexas Christian University
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Joy Hofmeister is the current Republican Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was first elected to the office in the 2014 elections. Joy Hofmeister won the general election on November 4, 2014.


A former public school teacher, Hofmeister served as CEO of Kumon Math & Reading Centers of South Tulsa. She served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education from January 2012 until her resignation on April 24, 2013.[1]


  • Bachelor's degree in education, Texas Christian University
  • Teaching certificates in English and elementary education



See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Hofmeister ran for election as Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hofmeister won the Republican nomination in the June 2014 primary, defeating incumbent Janet Barresi.[2][3] The general election took place on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Oklahoma Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoy Hofmeister 57.6% 151,124
Brian S. Kelly 21.4% 56,060
Janet Barresi 21% 55,048
Total Votes 262,232
Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.
General election
Oklahoma Superintendent, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoy Hofmeister Incumbent 55.8% 457,053
     Democratic John Cox 44.2% 361,878
Total Votes 818,931
Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.

Race background

As in other superintendent races across the country, the national debate over the Common Core educational benchmarks inspired many candidates to throw their hat in the ring to challenge the incumbent, Republican Janet Barresi. This issue gained prominence when Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a law repealing Common Core standards in Oklahoma, becoming one of the earliest states to take such a step.[4]

Barresi faced a serious challenge from educator Joy Hofmeister in the primary. While Hofmeister had raised almost $1.5 million by the primary, Barresi only kept pace by loaning over $1.25 million to her campaign.[5][6] Both Barresi and Hofmeister, along with most of the other superintendent candidates in both parties, opposed Common Core and tried to pin its implementation on one another in attack ads.[7] In a debate on June 17 that included Hofmeister and the Democratic candidates, all of the candidates expressed opposition to Common Core and support for a change in educational culture.[8] In total, there were three Republicans and four Democrats contesting the superintendent primaries on June 24.

Hofmeister defeated Barresi in the Republican primary, receiving enough votes to avoid a runoff, and faced Democratic candidate John Cox in the general election.

Primary polling

2014 Republican primary for Oklahoma Superintendent
Poll Janet Costello Barresi Joy HofmeisterBrian S. KellyUnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Sooner Poll
May 5-10, 2014
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Hofmeister and her husband, Gerald, have four children and currently reside in Tulsa.[9]

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Preceded by
Janet Barresi (R)
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by