|Oklahoma House of Representatives District 54|
|2004 - Present|
|November 18, 2014|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2004|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||12 years total in state legislative chambers|
|Bachelor's||University of Central Oklahoma (1972)|
|Master's||Southern Nazarene University (1976)|
|Other||Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1979)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Birthday||August 16, 1947|
|Place of birth||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
Wesselhoft earned his Bachelor of Arts in Drama at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1972; his Master of Arts in Religion from Southern Nazarene University in 1976; and a Master of Arts in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1979. He is pastor of Community Chapel in Vicenza, Italy; coordinator of the Oklahoma State Department of Health; and has worked as administrative assistant and office manager for Oklahomans for Children and Families. Wesselhoft is a retired major, Airborne Ranger Chaplain, in the United States Army. He and his wife, Judy, have two children: Holly and Justin.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Wesselhoft served on the following committees:
|Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations and Budget|
|• Energy and Aerospace|
|• General Government, Chair|
|• Veterans and Military Affairs|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wesselhoft served on the following committees:
|Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Energy & Utility Regulation|
|• Veterans & Military Affairs, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Wesselhoft served on the following committees:
|Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Energy & Utility Regulation|
Law enforcement drones
On January 17, 2013, Wesselhoft introduced HB 1556, his proposed Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Act. His bill would ban all surveillance by unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) except surveillance conducted with a search warrant, of public property, in a search and rescue operation, for the purpose of responding to natural disasters, or with informed consent of the party under surveillance. The bill would create several misdemeanor offenses for violations of its provisions as well as allow people injured by violations to sue the individuals or agencies involved. Wesselhoft's bill was referred to the Energy & Aerospace Committee on February 5.
Wesselhoft is one of several lawmakers around the nation who plan to introduce legislation known as "Caylee's Law." Named after the child whose death lead to the Casey Anthony murder trial, the laws would propose a range of provisions which mandate timely reporting of missing or deceased children. Wesselhoft plans to propose the law at the beginning of 2012 session.
Wesselhoft ran in the 2012 election for Oklahoma House District 54. Wesselhoft ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26 and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Wessselhoft won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary. He was also unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010. Vote totals were not reported for unopposed candidates.
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Wesselhoft was up for re-election, he collected $11,905 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Oklahoma House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Paul Wesselhoft's campaign in 2010|
|Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma||$3,000|
|Oklahoma Association Of Optometric Physicians||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$11,905|
In 2008, Wesselhoft collected $44,599 in donations.
These were the largest contributors in 2008.
|OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS||$3,500|
|CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA||$3,500|
|OKLAHOMA INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION||$2,000|
|OKLAHOMA SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS||$1,250|
|OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIANS||$1,100|
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- House website
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004
- Representative Wesselhoft's LinkedIn
- ↑ Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Additional Oklahoma Endorsements," March 5, 2012
- ↑ Text of Oklahoma HB 1556
- ↑ Bill information for Oklahoma HB 1556
- ↑ ABC News, "Casey Anthony Trial Aftermath: 'Caylee's Law' Drafted in 4 States," July 7, 2011
- ↑ Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2012," April 13, 2012
- ↑ Oklahoma State Election Board - Unofficial 2012 primary results
- ↑ Oklahoma House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- ↑ "2008 campaign contributions"
- ↑ 2010 campaign contributions
- ↑ 2008 contributions
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