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Steve Russell

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Steve Russell
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U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJames Lankford (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oklahoma State Senate, District 45
2008-2012
Education
Bachelor'sOuachita Baptist University, 1985
Master'sCommand and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 1998
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service21
Personal
ProfessionRetired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Russell is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. Russell was first elected to the House in 2014 and is currently serving his first term.

Russell defeated Al McAffrey (D) and independent candidates Buddy Ray, Tom Boggs and Robert Murphy in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Russell and Commissioner of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Patrice Douglas were the highest vote recipients in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[2] Russell then defeated Douglas in the August 26, 2014, Republican runoff.[3] According to The Hill, "Oklahoma politicos saw his win as a triumph of old-fashioned grassroots support and retail politicking over a better-established, better-known candidate."[4] Russell's military experience may also have played a role in his victory. He helped capture Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2013, which he detailed in his memoir, "We Got Him!"[4]

Russell previously served as a Republican member of the Oklahoma State Senate, representing District 45 from 2008 to 2012.

Biography

Russell earned his B.A. in public speaking from Ouachita Baptist University in 1985 and his M.A. in military history from the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1998. Russell served in the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel for 21 years. Russell received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Valorous Unit Award. He also holds Airborne and Ranger qualifications.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Russell's academic, professional and political career:[6]

Prior to entering politics, Russell was an author and small business owner.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Russell serves on the following committees:[7]

Oklahoma State Senate

During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Russell served on the following committees:

2011

2010

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, Russell won election to the U.S. House to represent Oklahoma's 5th District.[8] Russell and Patrice Douglas were the highest vote recipients in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014. They defeated Harvey Sparks, state Rep. Mike Turner, state Sen. Clark Jolley and Shane Jett.[2] Russell then defeated Douglas in the August 26, 2014, Republican runoff.[3] Russell defeated Al McAffrey (D) and independent candidates Buddy Ray, Tom Boggs and Robert Murphy in the general election.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Russell 60.1% 95,632
     Democratic Al McAffrey 36.3% 57,790
     Independent Buddy Ray 0.9% 1,470
     Independent Tom Boggs 1.3% 2,065
     Independent Robert Murphy 1.4% 2,176
Total Votes 159,133
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Steve Russell 26.6% 14,597
Patrice Douglas 24.5% 13,440
Clark Jolley 16.8% 9,226
Mike Turner 14.1% 7,757
Shane Jett 12.8% 7,019
Harvey Sparks 5.3% 2,895
Total Votes 54,934
Source: Results via Associated Press
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Russell 59.3% 19,371
Patrice Douglas 40.7% 13,315
Total Votes 32,686
Source: Results via Associated Press

Endorsements

Russell was endorsed by the following people:[9]

  • Maj. General Rita Aragon, Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • State Auditor & Inspector Gary Jones
  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine
  • Mark Costello, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner
  • Generals (Ret.) Richard “Dick” Burpee, Billy Bowden and Jay Edwards
  • Lt. Gen Jerry Boykin (Ret.), Former Delta Force Commander and Current Executive Vice President, Family Research Council

Media


Steve Russell, "Change Washington."

Polls

Republican runoff
Poll Patrice Douglas Steve RussellUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
July 28, 2014
28%42%31%+/-5.3334
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Republican primary
Poll Patrice Douglas Clark JolleyMike TurnerSteve RussellShane JettHarvey SparksUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SoonerPoll.com
May 5-10, 2014
11.6%11.4%11.2%7.4%5.5%3.7%49.1%+/-3.77671
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2012

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012

Russell did not run for re-election in 2012.

2008

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2008

Russell won election to the Oklahoma State Senate, District 45. He raised $173,769 for this campaign, in which he defeated four primary opponents and ran unopposed in the general election.[10][11]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Russell's reports.[12]

Steve Russell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$0.00$106,953.31$(14,942.04)$92,011.27
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$57,561.65$65,979.00$(40,528.76)$83,011.89
Running totals
$172,932.31$(55,470.8)

2008

Below are Russell's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:

Contributor 2008 total
Marshall Brackin (Energy & Natural Resources) $5,000
Michael J. Calvey (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) $5,000
J. Larry Nichols (Energy & Natural Resources) $5,000
Ralph L. Harvey (President/Marlin Oil Corporation) $5,000
Greater Oklahoma City Legislative Committee $5,000

Personal

Russell and his wife, Cindy, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Lankford (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma, District 5
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Oklahoma State Senate District 45
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Kyle D. Loveless (R)