|Attorney General of Oklahoma|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Drew Edmondson (D)|
|Assistant Minority Floor Leader|
Oklahoma State Senate
|Republican Whip, Oklahoma State Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Oklahoma State Senate|
|Bachelor's||University of Kentucky and Georgetown College (1990)|
|J.D.||University of Tulsa (1993)|
|Birthday||May 9, 1968|
|Place of birth||Danville, Kentucky|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 Personal
- 7 Contact information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Campaigning on a platform of restoring limited government and the balance of power between state and federal government, Pruitt has consistently opposed what he sees as the overreach of the Obama administration. As such, upon taking office he established Oklahoma's first Federalism Unit in the Office of Solicitor General with the goal of combating "unwarranted regulation and systematic overreach by federal agencies, boards and offices."
Prior to becoming the state's top attorney, Pruitt was a member of the State Senate from 1998-2006. He served for four years as Assistant Republican Floor Leader. While serving in that body his major issues included greater accountability for government spending and faith-based legislation.
Pruitt grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a baseball scholarship to University of Kentucky and finished his Bachelor's degree in Communications and Political Science at Georgetown College. Shortly after receiving his law degree from the University of Tulsa, Pruitt joined a Tulsa-based private practice law firm where he specialized in constitutional law, contracts, insurance law, labor law, and litigation & appeals. In 2004, he became the General Managing Partner for Oklahoma City's Triple-A baseball team, the Oklahoma Red Hawks.
- B.A., University of Kentucky and Georgetown College (1990)
- J.D., University of Tulsa (1993)
Having served five years within the private sector, Pruitt chose to enter the Oklahoma political stage in 1998 when he was elected to the State Senate, representing Tulsa and Wagoner counties. After two years, he was selected by his peers to serve as the Republican Whip from 2001 to 2003 before being named the Republican Assistant Floor Leader, a position he held until he left the state legislature in 2006.
Oklahoma Attorney General (2011-present)
Though his predecessor, Democrat Drew Edmondson, gave up on litigation against the federal health care measures, conveniently, as his critics argued, as he was vying for the party nomination in the race for governor, incoming Republican State Attorney General Pruitt said he planned to move forward on the legal action as soon as he took office. However, as of December 2010 he had yet to decide "whether to take action here on Oklahoma or join one of the other suits against the law."
Pruitt promised that if elected state attorney general he would "sue the federal government for all expenses his state incurs as a result of illegal immigration," including in jails, schools, and medical facilities. He believes that the expenses provide the federal government with an unfunded mandate and that each of the individual states must hold them accountable.
- Mortgage/Foreclosure abuse settlement
Pruitt was the only state Attorney General who declined to sign off on the $25 billion settlement agreement between Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and GMAC and 49 other states over foreclosure abuses. Believing that the settlement's expansion into principle reduction and loan refinancing, beyond basic legal issues, "exceeded his authority as attorney general," Pruitt pursued a separate, Oklahoma specific, agreement with the same 5 mortgage lenders. The agreement awarded $18.6 million in relief to the state. The Attorney General is a critic of federal government policies; "I have a role to play as attorney general and that role is to enforce state law and compensate victims of lending abuses," not participate in the other states' Attorneys' General in supporting President Obama's efforts to restructure the mortgage industry.
- Mandatory Ultrasound Bill
In June, 2012, Pruitt appealed a Oklahoma County District ruling that House Bill 2780, which would have required any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound within an hour of the procedure and have it explained to her before the procedure, was unconstitutional. Three months prior to Pruitt's appeal to have that decision invalidated, Judge Bryan C. Dixon rebuffed the Republican driven law on the grounds that it "improperly is addressed only to patients, physicians and sonographers concerning abortions and does not address all patients, physicians and sonographers concerning other medical care where a general law could clearly be made applicable."
Weeks before this appeal, Pruitt appealed another court's ruling against a different piece of abortion-related legislation, House Bill 1970, which sought to place restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs. Both judicial strike-downs resulted from challenges brought by an activist group dedicated to reproductive freedom, the Center for Reproductive Rights (joined by co-plaintiff The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice in the second case). In response to Pruitt's latter appeal, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights said "This administration's utter hostility toward women's reproductive rights evidently knows no bounds."
A spokeswoman from the attorney general's office defended the appeal, citing the value of abortion ultrasound statute as a vehicle for medical education and information. The statement echoed the language of Pruitt's June 20 filing, in which he claimed the court's decision to overturn the statute stemmed from a false interpretation of the Oklahoma Constitution.
"The trial court - in error - that the Oklahoma Constitution forbids legislation ensuring women receive meaningful medical information obtained through ultrasounds that the clinics are currently requiring."
Oklahoma State Senate (1998-2006)
Pruitt served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1998 to 2006.
- See also: Oklahoma attorney general election, 2014
Pruitt is running for re-election as Oklahoma Attorney General in 2014. He formally announced on July 29, 2013 that he would seek re-election, with energy executive Harold Hamm serving as his campaign chairman.
Pruitt won the Republican primary on June 24 without opposition.
- See also: Oklahoma Attorney General election, 2010
|2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||Scott Pruitt||56.1%|
|Republican Party||Ryan Leonard||43.9%|
On November 2, 2010, Scott Pruitt won election to the office of Oklahoma Attorney General. He defeated Jim Priest (D) in the general election.
|Oklahoma Attorney General, 2010|
|Election Results Via: Oklahoma State Board of Elections|
|2006 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||Todd Hiett||42.8%|
|Republican Party||Scott Pruitt||33.7%|
|Republican Party||Nancy Riley||23.5%|
|2006 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary Runoff|
|Republican Party||Todd Hiett||50.9%|
|Republican Party||Scott Pruitt||49.1%|
|2001 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||John Sullivan||45.5%|
|Republican Party||Cathy Keating||30.5%|
|Republican Party||Scott Pruitt||22.8%|
|Republican Party||George E. Banasky||0.7%|
|Republican Party||Evelyn L. Rogers||0.5%|
|1998 Race for State Senate, District 54 - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||Scott Pruitt||48.9%|
|Republican Party||Gerald Wright||45.5%|
|Republican Party||Douglas E. Meehan||0.1%|
|1998 Race for State Senate, District 54 - Republican Primary Runoff|
|Republican Party||Scott Pruitt||56.3%|
|Republican Party||Gerald Wright||43.7%|
Comprehensive donor information for Pruitt is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pruitt raised a total of $2,231,071 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Scott Pruitt's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Scott Pruitt's Campaign Contributions|
Attorney General of Oklahoma
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$555,509|
|Top 5 contributors||Scott Pruitt||$51,450|
|JP Morgan Chase & Co||$10,000|
|Integrated Medical Deliver||$10,000|
|Keith or Cathy Burdick||$10,000|
|Oklahoma Diagnostic Imaging||$10,000|
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Scott and his wife Marlyn live in Broken Arrow with their two children, McKenna and Cade. He serves as Deacon at the First Baptist, Broken Arrow.
Contact informationCapitol Address:
Office of the Attorney General
313 Northeast 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-3921
Fax: (405) 522-4534
- Attorney General of Oklahoma
- Governor of Oklahoma
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- Oklahoma Secretary of State
- Official Oklahoma Attorney General website
- Scott Pruitt for Attorney General Campaign website
- Scott Pruitt's Facebook profile
- Scott Pruitt's Twitter account
- Project Vote Smart - Scott Pruitt biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Oklahoma Election Management System, "Election night results by county for November 2, 2010," November 8, 2010
- KOTV "Attorney General Drew Edmondson For Governor" 10 June, 2009
- Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General, " About Scott Pruitt," accessed July 23, 2013
- Oklahoma Republican Party, "OK AG Scott Pruitt Re-Elected as Chairman of the Republican AGs Association," February 25, 2013
- Tulsa World, "Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to seek re-election," July 29, 2013
- Oklahoma Attorney General, "About the AG," accessed February 10, 2012
- News Talk Radio KRMG "Attorney General Elect Still Plans Legal Action Against the Healthcare Law" 14 Dec. 2010
- FOX News, "Oklahoma Attorney General Nominee Vows to Sue U.S. Over Illegal Immigration" 20 May, 2010
- Scientific American, "Okla. AG says state settles with mortgage lenders," February 9, 2012
- Tulsa World News, "State AG appeals court's ruling tossing abortion ultrasound bill," June 22, 2012
- Oklahoma State Election Board - 2010 Primary Election Results
- Oklahoma State Election Board - Primary Election 2006
- Even though Todd Hiett received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Oklahoma state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
- Oklahoma State Election Board - Runoff Primary Election 2006
- Even though Scott Pruitt received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Oklahoma state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Scott Pruitt," accessed May 13, 2012
- Follow the Money.org
|Oklahoma State Senate
| Succeeded by|
Drew Edmondson (D)
|Oklahoma Attorney General
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