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|Partisan = Republican
 
|Chamber = Oklahoma State Senate
 
|Chamber = Oklahoma State Senate
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|Type = [[Upper house]]
 
|Type = [[Upper house]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|12 year cumulative total, in either or both chambers]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|12 year cumulative total, in either or both chambers]]
|Next session = [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions|February 4, 2013]]
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|Next session = [[Dates of 2015 state legislative sessions|February 2, 2015]]
 
|Website = [http://www.oksenate.gov Official Senate Page]
 
|Website = [http://www.oksenate.gov Official Senate Page]
 
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<!--Level 3-->
|Senate president = [[Brian Bingman]], (R)
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|Senate president = {{State Senate President|State=Oklahoma}}
|Majority leader = [[Mike Schulz]], (R)
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|Majority leader = {{State Senate Majority Leader|State=Oklahoma}}
|Minority leader = [[Sean Burrage]], (D)
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|Minority leader = {{State Senate Minority Leader|State=Oklahoma}}
 
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<!-- Level 4-->
 
|Members = 48
 
|Members = 48
|Political groups = [[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Oklahoma State Senate|State=Oklahoma|Party=Democratic}}) <br>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Oklahoma State Senate|State=Oklahoma|Party=Republican}})
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|Political groups = <div>[[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Oklahoma State Senate|State=Oklahoma|Party=Democratic}})</div><div>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Oklahoma State Senate|State=Oklahoma|Party=Republican}})</div><div>Vacancy (1)</div>
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state senators|4 years]]
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state senators|4 years]]
 
|Authority = [[Article V, Oklahoma Constitution#The Senate|Art V, Oklahoma Constitution]]
 
|Authority = [[Article V, Oklahoma Constitution#The Senate|Art V, Oklahoma Constitution]]
 
|Salary = [[Comparison of state legislative salaries|$38,400/year]] + per diem
 
|Salary = [[Comparison of state legislative salaries|$38,400/year]] + per diem
 
<!-- Level 5-->
 
<!-- Level 5-->
|Next election = [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]] (24 seats)
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
|Last election = [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]] (24 seats)
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|Last election = [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]] (25 seats)
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Oklahoma |Oklahoma Legislature has control]]
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Oklahoma |Oklahoma Legislature has control]]
 
|Building = Ok senate chamber.jpg
 
|Building = Ok senate chamber.jpg
 
}}{{tnr}}The '''Oklahoma State Senate''' is the [[upper house]] in the [[Oklahoma State Legislature]], the [[state legislature]] of [[Oklahoma]]. It consists of 48 members representing one of each 48 Oklahoma districts. There are 48 state senators; they represent 48 districts.  
 
}}{{tnr}}The '''Oklahoma State Senate''' is the [[upper house]] in the [[Oklahoma State Legislature]], the [[state legislature]] of [[Oklahoma]]. It consists of 48 members representing one of each 48 Oklahoma districts. There are 48 state senators; they represent 48 districts.  
  
Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators| 78,153 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented [[Population represented by state legislators| 71,889 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
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Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators| 78,153 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-01.pdf ''census.gov'', "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented [[Population represented by state legislators| 71,889 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau,'' "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001]</ref>
  
The senators serve [[Length of terms of state senators|four-year terms]] with [[State legislatures with term limits|term limits]].<ref>[http://www.termlimits.org/content.asp?pl=18&sl=19&contentid=19 List of state legislative term limits]</ref>
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The senators serve [[Length of terms of state senators|four-year terms]] with [[State legislatures with term limits|term limits]].<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legisdata/2012-ncsl-legislator-compensation-data.aspx ''NCSL.org'', "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013]</ref>
  
 
The composition of each district is outlined in the [[Oklahoma Constitution]], Section V-9a, which states:
 
The composition of each district is outlined in the [[Oklahoma Constitution]], Section V-9a, which states:
  
<blockquote>''the nineteen most populous counties, as determined by the most recent Federal Decennial Census, shall constitute nineteen senatorial districts with one senator to be nominated and elected from each district; the fifty-eight less populous counties shall be joined into twenty-nine two-county districts with one senator to be nominated and elected from each of the two-county districts.'' <ref>[http://oklegal.onenet.net/okcon/V-9A.html Section V-9A: Senatorial districts - Tenure]</ref> </blockquote>
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<blockquote>''the nineteen most populous counties, as determined by the most recent Federal Decennial Census, shall constitute nineteen senatorial districts with one senator to be nominated and elected from each district; the fifty-eight less populous counties shall be joined into twenty-nine two-county districts with one senator to be nominated and elected from each of the two-county districts.''<ref>[http://oklegal.onenet.net/okcon/V-9A.html ''The University of Oklahoma School of Law'', "Section V-9A: Senatorial districts - Tenure," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref> </blockquote>
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{{State trifecta status|state=Oklahoma|control=Republican}}
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::''See also: [[Oklahoma State Legislature]], [[Oklahoma House of Representatives]], [[Oklahoma Governor]]''
  
As of May 2013, [[Oklahoma]] is one of 24 Republican [[state government trifectas]].
 
 
==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
[[Article V, Oklahoma Constitution | Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution]] establishes when the [[Oklahoma State Legislature]], of which the Senate is a part, is to be in session.  Section 26 of Article V states that the Legislature is to meet in regular session on the first Monday in February of each year, and it is to adjourn its regular session by the last Friday in May of each year.  Additionally, Section 26 also states that the Legislature is to meet for organizational purposes on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year.
 
[[Article V, Oklahoma Constitution | Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution]] establishes when the [[Oklahoma State Legislature]], of which the Senate is a part, is to be in session.  Section 26 of Article V states that the Legislature is to meet in regular session on the first Monday in February of each year, and it is to adjourn its regular session by the last Friday in May of each year.  Additionally, Section 26 also states that the Legislature is to meet for organizational purposes on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year.
  
 
Section 27 of Article V contains the rules for convening special sessions of the Legislature.  Section 27 allows a special session to be called by the [[Governor of Oklahoma]] or by a written call signed by two-thirds of the members of both legislative houses.
 
Section 27 of Article V contains the rules for convening special sessions of the Legislature.  Section 27 allows a special session to be called by the [[Governor of Oklahoma]] or by a written call signed by two-thirds of the members of both legislative houses.
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===2015===
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2015 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2015, the Legislature will be in session from February 2 through May 29 (Projected).
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====Major issues====
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Major issues in the 2015 legislative session include dealing with the $300 million budget shortfall, funding for roads and bridges, criminal justice reform, school choice and healthcare.<ref>[http://www.enidnews.com/news/legislators-have-eyes-on-budget/article_d2a2df10-aa91-11e4-bf84-f303bcfbf80d.html ''enidnews.com'', "Legislators have eyes on budget," accessed February 2, 2015]</ref><ref>[http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepage1/oklahoma-gov-fallin-to-push-education-reduced-incarceration-and-improved/article_56df9cc8-85d9-54c0-a6cd-483fd4bb3902.html ''TulsaWorld.com'', "Oklahoma Gov. Fallin to push education, reduced incarceration and improved health," accessed February 2, 2015]</ref>
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===2014===
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 3 through May 23.
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====Major issues====
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Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included tax cuts, the budget, prison funding, employee compensation and judicial reform.<ref>[http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/2014_elections/oklahoma-legislature-budget-challenges-leadership-matters-await-as-session-begins/article_8dee03f8-b5c2-50b4-a1bd-86e7b5ade4fb.html ''www.tulsaworld.com,'' "2014 Oklahoma Legislature: Budget challenges, leadership matters await as session begins," accessed February 3, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===2013===
 
===2013===
 
::''See also: [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions]]''
 
::''See also: [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from February 4 through May 31.
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from February 4 through May 24.
  
 
====Major issues====
 
====Major issues====
For the 2013 session, leaders of the Republican majority said their goals include changes to the state pension system and workers compensation funds, tax cuts, and increased funding for education.<ref>[http://muskogeephoenix.com/statenews/x503839179/State-House-Republicans-unveil-2013-legislative-agenda ''Muskogee Phoenix,'' "State House Republicans unveil 2013 legislative agenda," February 1, 2013] </ref>
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Major issues in the 2013 legislative session included changes to the state pension system and workers compensation funds, tax cuts, and increased funding for education.<ref>[http://muskogeephoenix.com/statenews/x503839179/State-House-Republicans-unveil-2013-legislative-agenda ''Muskogee Phoenix,'' "State House Republicans unveil 2013 legislative agenda," February 1, 2013]</ref>
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=====Lawsuit reform=====
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In September 2013, the state legislature held a five-day special session where both houses reenacted a lawsuit reform bill. Republicans in the state legislature settled on 23 provisions with the effect of reestablishing key provisions of a 2009 lawsuit reform bill, which was struck down by the state Supreme Court in June 2013. The current Senate President Pro Temp [[Brian Bingman]] is a strong supporter of lawsuit reform.<ref name="lawsuit reform">[http://watchdog.org/105410/ok-special-session-done-special-litigation-forthcoming-and-special-legislation-in-february/ ''WatchDog.org'', "OK special session puts lawsuit reforms back in place," accessed October 25, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
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===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2011, the Senate was in session from February 7 through May 27. <ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=21346 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL]</ref>
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In 2011, the Senate was in session from February 7 through May 27.<ref>[https://archive.today/sJzR ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar," accessed June 6, 2014](Archived)</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2010, the Senate was [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions| in session]] from February 1 to May 28.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=18630 2010 session dates for Oklahoma legislature]</ref>
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In 2010, the Senate was [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions| in session]] from February 1 to May 28.<ref>[https://archive.today/kc4C ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "2010 Legislative Sessions Calendar," accessed June 19, 2014](Archived)</ref>
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===Role in state budget===
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::''See also: [[Oklahoma state budget and finances]]''
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{{PLP state general|State=Oklahoma}}
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{{Oklahoma budget process}}
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===Cost-benefit analyses===
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::''See also: [[Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Cost-Benefit Study]]''
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{{Pew cost-benefit study|State=Oklahoma|Rank=Middle}}
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==Ethics and transparency==
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===Following the Money report===
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{{Following the Money 2014 Report by State|State=Oklahoma|Grade=B-|Score=82|Level=advancing}}
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===Open States Transparency===
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{{Transparency card|State=Oklahoma|Grade=D}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014]]''
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{{OK Senate 2014}}
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The partisan breakdown of the senate before and after the election is as follows:
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{{oksenatepartisan14}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
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:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012]]
  
:: ''Se also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012]]
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Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate were held in [[Oklahoma]] on [[State legislative elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. A '''total of 24 seats''' were up for election.
  
Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate were held in [[Oklahoma]] on [[State legislative elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. A '''total of 24 seats''' were up for election.
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The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections | signature filing deadline]] was April 13, 2012.  The Primary election date was on June 26, 2012.
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During the [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012|2012 election]], the total value of contributions to the 67 Senate candidates was $6,611,716. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2012&f=S ''Follow the Money,'' "Oklahoma State Senate 2012 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 1, 2014]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2012 Donors, Oklahoma State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Chickasaw Nation
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| align="right" | $91,300
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|-
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| Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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| align="right" | $55,000
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|-
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| Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
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| align="right" | $50,350
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|-
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| Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists
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| align="right" | $49,500
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|-
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| Oklahoma Medical Association
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| align="right" | $47,500
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|-
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| Devon Energy
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| align="right" | $46,500
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|-
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| Center for Legislative Excellence
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| align="right" | $46,500
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|-
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| Chesapeake Energy
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| align="right" | $45,449
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|-
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| Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma
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| align="right" | $45,300
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|-
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| Oklahoma State AFL-CIO
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| align="right" | $44,000
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|}
  
The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections | signature filing deadline]] was June 6, 2012.
 
  
Oklahoma state senators are subject to [[State legislatures with term limits | term limits]], and may not serve more than 12 years total in any chamber of the state legislature.  In 2012, [[Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012 | 2 state senators]] will be termed-out:  [[Jim Wilson]] and [[Jonathan Nichols]].
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Oklahoma state senators are subject to [[State legislatures with term limits | term limits]], and may not serve more than 12 years total in any chamber of the state legislature.  In 2012, [[Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012 | 2 state senators]] were termed-out:  [[Jim Wilson]] and [[Jonathan Nichols]].
  
 
The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.
 
The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.
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:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2010]]''
  
Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate were held in [[Oklahoma]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].  
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Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate were held in [[Oklahoma]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]. A '''total of 24 seats''' were up for election.
  
The [[Primary election dates in 2010|signature-filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 9, 2010. The primary election day was July 27, 2010.
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The [[Primary election dates in 2010|signature-filing deadline]] for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 9, 2010. The primary Election Day was July 27, 2010.
  
 
The partisan breakdown of the senate before and after the election is as follows:
 
The partisan breakdown of the senate before and after the election is as follows:
 
{{oksenatepartisan10}}
 
{{oksenatepartisan10}}
  
In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $4,964,645 in campaign contributions.  The top 10 donors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Oklahoma Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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During the [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2010|2010 election]], the total value of contributions to the 54 Senate candidates was $7,416,467.  The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money,'' "Oklahoma State Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 1, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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| Working Oklahomans Alliance
 
| Working Oklahomans Alliance
 
| align="right" | $50,000
 
| align="right" | $50,000
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===2008===
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:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2008]]
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Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate were held in [[Oklahoma]] on November 4, 2008. A '''total of 24 seats''' were up for election.
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The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 4, 2008. The primary Election Day was July 29, 2008.
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During the [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2008|2008 election]], the total value of contributions to the 49 Senate candidates was $7,985,576.  The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2008&f=S ''Follow the Money,'' "Oklahoma State Senate 2008 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 1, 2014]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2008 Donors, Oklahoma State Senate
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Adelson, Thomas (Tom)
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| align="right" | $286,800
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|-
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| Lerblance, Richard C
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| align="right" | $259,490
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|-
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| Sherrill, Kenneth Wayne
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| align="right" | $156,607
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|-
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| Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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| align="right" | $81,750
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|-
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| Chesapeake Energy
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| align="right" | $77,500
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|-
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| Mcclendon, Aubrey K
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| align="right" | $67,500
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|-
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| Chickasaw Nation
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| align="right" | $64,400
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|-
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| Cherokee Nation
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| align="right" | $62,000
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|-
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| Loveless, Kyle D
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| align="right" | $59,205
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|-
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| Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists
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| align="right" | $58,500
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|}
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===2006===
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:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2006]]
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Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on July 25, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.  A '''total of 24 seats''' were up for election.
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During the [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2006|2006 election]], the total value of contributions to the 59 Senate candidates was $8,228,353.  The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2006&f=S ''Follow the Money,'' "Oklahoma State Senate 2006 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 1, 2014]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2006 Donors, Oklahoma State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Adelson, Thomas (Tom)
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| align="right" | $288,700
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|-
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| Potts, Patricia J & Ray H
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| align="right" | $190,960
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|-
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| Ivester, Thomas S
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| align="right" | $170,000
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|-
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| Chesapeake Energy
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| align="right" | $113,000
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|-
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| Chickasaw Nation
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| align="right" | $95,650
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|-
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| Walters, Wayne Allen
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| align="right" | $92,200
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|-
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| Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
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| align="right" | $90,500
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|-
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| Wilson, Jim
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| align="right" | $77,043
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|-
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| Cherokee Nation
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| align="right" | $69,500
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|-
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| Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
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| align="right" | $66,000
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|}
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===2004===
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:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2004]]
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Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on July 27, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.  A '''total of 24 seats''' were up for election.
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During the [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2004|2004 election]], the total value of contributions to the 87 Senate candidates was $6,997,108.  The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2004&f=S ''Follow the Money,'' "Oklahoma State Senate 2004 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 1, 2014]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2004 Donors, Oklahoma State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Adelson, Thomas (Tom)
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| align="right" | $281,000
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|-
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| Wilkerson, Mike
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| align="right" | $188,316
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|-
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| Gilpin, Timothy S
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| align="right" | $100,900
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|-
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| Gilpin, Timothy S
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| align="right" | $100,500
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|-
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| Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
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| align="right" | $98,350
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|-
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| Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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| align="right" | $88,700
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|-
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| Center for Legislative Excellence
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| align="right" | $73,000
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|-
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| Wilson, Jim
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| align="right" | $67,584
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|-
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| Chesapeake Energy
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| align="right" | $64,500
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|-
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| Chickasaw Nation
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| align="right" | $63,550
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|}
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===2002===
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:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2002]]
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Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on September 17, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.  A '''total of 24 seats''' were up for election.
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During the [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2002|2002 election]], the total value of contributions to the 52 Senate candidates was $4,170,343.  The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2002&f=S ''Follow the Money,'' "Oklahoma State Senate 2002 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 1, 2014]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2002 Donors, Oklahoma State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Harry, Steve
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| align="right" | $155,000
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|-
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| Walker, James E
 +
| align="right" | $63,796
 +
|-
 +
| Branan III, Clifford B
 +
| align="right" | $60,052
 +
|-
 +
| Boatner, Roy A
 +
| align="right" | $51,624
 +
|-
 +
| Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
 +
| align="right" | $47,600
 +
|-
 +
| Coates Jr, Harry Edward
 +
| align="right" | $45,634
 +
|-
 +
| Chesapeake Energy
 +
| align="right" | $45,500
 +
|-
 +
| Oklahoma Republican Senatorial Cmte
 +
| align="right" | $40,870
 +
|-
 +
| Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
 +
| align="right" | $38,250
 +
|-
 +
| Potts, Patricia J & Ray H
 +
| align="right" | $35,100
 +
 +
|}
 +
 +
===2000===
 +
 +
:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2000]]
 +
 +
Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on August 22, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.  A '''total of 17 seats''' were up for election.
 +
 +
During the [[Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2000|2000 election]], the total value of contributions to the 52 Senate candidates was $2,934,646.  The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=OK&y=2000&f=S ''Follow the Money,'' "Oklahoma State Senate 2000 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 1, 2014]</ref>
 +
 +
{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
 +
|-
 +
! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2000 Donors, Oklahoma State Senate
 +
|-
 +
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
 +
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
 +
|-
 +
| Oklahoma Republican Senatorial Cmte
 +
| align="right" | $53,000
 +
|-
 +
| Democrats of the Oklahoma State Senate
 +
| align="right" | $41,025
 +
|-
 +
| Working Oklahomans Alliance
 +
| align="right" | $38,000
 +
|-
 +
| Oklahoma Republican Party
 +
| align="right" | $36,426
 +
|-
 +
| Oklahoma State AFL-CIO
 +
| align="right" | $33,200 
 +
|-
 +
| Chickasaw Nation
 +
| align="right" | $31,700  
 +
|-
 +
| House Republican Pac
 +
| align="right" | $30,000
 +
|-
 +
| Association of Oklahoma General Contractors
 +
| align="right" | $20,700
 +
|-
 +
| Meinders, Herman
 +
| align="right" | $20,000
 +
|-
 +
| Transport Workers Union
 +
| align="right" | $18,500
  
 
|}
 
|}
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:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
 
:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
  
If there is a vacancy in the Senate, the [[Governor of Oklahoma|Governor]] must call for a special election no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened.  No special election can be called if the vacancy happens after March 1st during the year the seat is set to expire<ref>[http://law.justia.com/oklahoma/codes/os26.html ''Justia'' "Oklahoma Statutes"](Referenced Statute 26-12-106(A), Oklahoma Statutes)</ref>.  
+
If there is a vacancy in the senate, the [[Governor of Oklahoma|Governor]] must call for a special election no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened.  No special election can be called if the vacancy happens after March 1st during the year the seat is set to expire.<ref>[http://law.justia.com/oklahoma/codes/os26.html ''Justia'', "Oklahoma Statutes," accessed December 18, 2013](Referenced Statute 26-12-106(A), Oklahoma Statutes)</ref>   
 
+
The only exception to the March 1st deadline is for Senators who resign with two or more years left in their term during an election year.  If the resignation was announced before June 1st and the effective date is scheduled for after the general election, a special election can be called<ref>[http://law.justia.com/oklahoma/codes/os26.html ''Justia'' "Oklahoma Statutes"](Referenced Statute 26-12-106(B), Oklahoma Statutes)</ref>. 
+
  
The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term<ref>[http://law.justia.com/oklahoma/codes/os26.html ''Justia'' "Oklahoma Statutes"](Referenced Statute 26-12-105, Oklahoma Statutes)</ref>.
+
The only exception to the March 1st deadline is for Senators who resign with two or more years left in their term during an election year.  If the resignation was announced before June 1st and the effective date is scheduled for after the general election, a special election can be called.<ref>[http://law.justia.com/oklahoma/codes/os26.html ''Justia'', "Oklahoma Statutes," accessed December 18, 2013](Referenced Statute 26-12-106(B), Oklahoma Statutes)</ref>  
  
==Term limits==
+
The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.<ref>[http://law.justia.com/oklahoma/codes/os26.html ''Justia'', "Oklahoma Statutes," accessed December 18, 2013](Referenced Statute 26-12-105, Oklahoma Statutes)</ref>
  
 +
===Term limits===
 
:: ''See also: [[State legislatures with term limits]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[State legislatures with term limits]]''
  
The [[Oklahoma State Legislature|Oklahoma legislature]] is one of [[state legislatures with term limits|15 state legislatures with term limits]]. Voters enacted the [[Oklahoma State Legislative Term Limits, State Question 632 (1990)|Oklahoma Term Limits Act]] in 1990.  That initiative says that Oklahoma state legislators senators are subject to [[term limits]] of no more than twelve years in the [[Oklahoma State Legislature]].  These 12 years can be served in any combination of the Oklahoma Senate and the [[Oklahoma House of Representatives]].
+
The [[Oklahoma State Legislature|Oklahoma legislature]] is one of [[state legislatures with term limits|15 state legislatures with term limits]]. Voters enacted the [[Oklahoma State Legislative Term Limits, State Question 632 (1990)|Oklahoma Term Limits Act]] in 1990.  That initiative says that Oklahoma state legislators senators are subject to [[term limits]] of no more than twelve years in the [[Oklahoma State Legislature]].  These 12 years can be served in any combination of the Oklahoma Senate and the [[Oklahoma House of Representatives]].<ref name=limits/>
  
The first year that the [[term limits]] enacted in 1990 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2004.<ref>[http://www.termlimits.org/content.asp?pl=18&sl=19&contentid=19 State legislative term limits]</ref>
+
The first year that the [[term limits]] enacted in 1990 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2004.
  
 
==Redistricting==
 
==Redistricting==
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===2010===
 
===2010===
  
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma's population increased from 3.45 million to 3.75 million between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/dc10_thematic/2010_Profile/2010_Profile_Map_Oklahoma.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau'', "2010 Census: Oklahoma Profile," 2011]</ref> The population was densest around Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Growth rates were highest in the suburban and exurban areas surrounding these cities, while rural Oklahoma counties grew slowly or lost population.  Of Oklahoma's 77 counties, 23 registered a drop in population between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2011-02-15-oklahoma-census_N.htm ''USA Today'', "Oklahoma City, suburbs see 'significant growth'," February 18, 2011]</ref> The state's overall growth rate was 8.7 percent, which was below the national average of 9.7 percent, but not low enough to cost the state a Congressional seat, as occurred as a result of the 2000 Census.<ref>[http://chickashanews.com/local/x1498144294/States-congressional-representation-to-stay-the-same ''The Express-Star'', "State's congressional representation to stay the same," March 7, 2011]</ref>
+
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma's population increased from 3.45 million to 3.75 million between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/dc10_thematic/2010_Profile/2010_Profile_Map_Oklahoma.pdf ''U.S. Census Bureau'', "2010 Census: Oklahoma Profile," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref> The population was densest around Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Growth rates were highest in the suburban and exurban areas surrounding these cities, while rural Oklahoma counties grew slowly or lost population.  Of Oklahoma's 77 counties, 23 registered a drop in population between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2011-02-15-oklahoma-census_N.htm ''USA Today'', "Oklahoma City, suburbs see 'significant growth'," February 18, 2011]</ref> The state's overall growth rate was 8.7 percent, which was below the national average of 9.7 percent, but not low enough to cost the state a Congressional seat, as occurred as a result of the 2000 Census.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://chickashanews.com/local/x1498144294/States-congressional-representation-to-stay-the-same ''The Express-Star'', "State's congressional representation to stay the same," March 7, 2011]</ref>
  
Oklahoma officials received detailed Oklahoma results from the Census in February.  The legislature formed [[Redistricting_in_Oklahoma#Redistricting_steering_committees|steering committees]] in each chamber to draft the maps before the May 27, 2011 deadline.  The [[Oklahoma House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] completed its work relatively quickly, producing a map that avoided putting any incumbents in a district together by early May.<ref>[http://www.tulsatoday.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2568:not-kumbaya-but-close-house-reapportionment-headed-to-a-peaceful-end&catid=60:state&Itemid=108 ''Tulsa Today'', "Not Kumbaya, but close: House reapportionment headed to a peaceful end", May 10, 2011]</ref> Discussions in the Senate were more heated and partisan, and the Senate did not produce a map in mid-May.<ref>[http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20110424_16_A9_OKLAHO552032 ''Tulsa World'', "Redistricting draws criticism: One senator says lawmakers shouldn't be involved in the process", April 24, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.news-star.com/news/x1539857593/House-redistricting-moves-forward-Senate-plan-stalls ''News-Star'' "House redistricting moves forward, Senate plan stalls," May 10, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://newsok.com/senate-releases-maps-for-proposed-districts/article/3567156 ''NewsOK'', "State Senate releases maps for proposed districts", May 12, 2011]</ref> The House map was passed overwhelmingly in its initial vote, while the Senate encountered minority opposition.  However, opposition eased on the second round of votes, and the [[Governor of Oklahoma|Governor]] [[Mary Fallin]] signed the bills into law seven days before the deadline.<ref>[http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2011/May/20/fallin_signs_house__senate_redistricting_bills.html ''Real Clear Politics'' "Fallin signs House, Senate redistricting bills," May 20, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://newsok.com/governor-approves-bills-changing-state-districts/article/3570053 ''The Oklahoman'', "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs redistricting bills", May 21, 2011]</ref>
+
Oklahoma officials received detailed Oklahoma results from the Census in February.  The legislature formed [[Redistricting_in_Oklahoma#Redistricting_steering_committees|steering committees]] in each chamber to draft the maps before the May 27, 2011 deadline.  The [[Oklahoma House of Representatives|House of Representatives]] completed its work relatively quickly, producing a map that avoided putting any incumbents in a district together by early May.<ref>[https://archive.today/PaGUG ''Tulsa Today'', "Not Kumbaya, but close: House reapportionment headed to a peaceful end," May 10, 2011](Archived)</ref> Discussions in the Senate were more heated and partisan, and the Senate did not produce a map in mid-May.<ref>[http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/redistricting-draws-criticism/article_13bc8789-de37-5008-b3e5-8480c8b9def9.html ''Tulsa World'', "Redistricting draws criticism: One senator says lawmakers shouldn't be involved in the process," April 24, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.news-star.com/news/x1539857593/House-redistricting-moves-forward-Senate-plan-stalls ''News-Star'', "House redistricting moves forward, Senate plan stalls," May 10, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://newsok.com/senate-releases-maps-for-proposed-districts/article/3567156 ''NewsOK'', "State Senate releases maps for proposed districts," May 12, 2011]</ref> The House map was passed overwhelmingly in its initial vote, while the Senate encountered minority opposition.  However, opposition eased on the second round of votes, and the [[Governor of Oklahoma|Governor]] [[Mary Fallin]] signed the bills into law seven days before the deadline.<ref>[http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2011/May/20/fallin_signs_house__senate_redistricting_bills.html ''Real Clear Politics'', "Fallin signs House, Senate redistricting bills," May 20, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://newsok.com/governor-approves-bills-changing-state-districts/article/3570053 ''The Oklahoman'', "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs redistricting bills," May 21, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Senators==
 
==Senators==
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===Leadership===
 
===Leadership===
The [[Lieutenant Governor]] serves as President of the Senate, but has rarely presided over the senate session since the 1960's.  The President Pro Tempore is chosen by the members of the Senate and acts as chief executive officer of the Senate.  The majority and minority caucuses choose their leaders.<ref> [http://www.oksenate.gov/Senators/leadership.htm Oklahoma Senate Leadership]</ref> As of January 4, 2011, the new senate had chosen its [http://www.oksenate.gov/Senators/leadership.htm new leaders.]
+
The [[Lieutenant Governor]] serves as President of the Senate, but has rarely presided over the senate session since the 1960's.  The President Pro Tempore is chosen by the members of the Senate and acts as chief executive officer of the Senate.  The majority and minority caucuses choose their leaders.  As of January 4, 2011, the new senate had chosen its <ref>[http://www.oksenate.gov/Senators/Default.aspx?selectedtab=1 ''Oklahoma State Senate'', "Senate Majority Leadership," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====Current leadership====
 
====Current leadership====
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Party
 
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Party
 
|-
 
|-
| [[President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate|President Pro Tem of the Senate]] || [[Brian Bingman]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[President of the Senate]] || {{State Senate President|State=Oklahoma|Table=Yes}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Majority Floor Leader]] || [[Mike Schulz]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate|President Pro Tempore of the Senate]] || {{State Senate President Pro Tempore|State=Oklahoma|Table=Yes}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader]] || [[Cliff Branan]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Majority Floor Leader]] || {{State Senate Majority Leader|State=Oklahoma|Table=Yes}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader]] || [[John Ford]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader]] || [[Rick Brinkley]] || {{red dot}}  
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader]] || [[Rob Johnson]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader]] || [[Eddie Fields]] || {{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[Rick Brinkley]] || {{red dot}}  
+
| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader]] || [[Greg Treat]] || {{red dot}}
 +
|-
 +
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[Nathan Dahm]] || {{red dot}}  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[Kim David]] || {{red dot}}   
 
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[Kim David]] || {{red dot}}   
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[David Holt]] || {{red dot}}   
+
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[Frank Simpson]] || {{red dot}}   
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[Greg Treat]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Majority Whip]] || [[Rob Standridge]] || {{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Majority Caucus Leader|State Senate Majority Caucus Chairman]] || [[Bryce Marlatt]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Majority Caucus Leader|State Senate Majority Caucus Chair]] || [[Bryce Marlatt]] || {{red dot}}
 
|-  
 
|-  
| [[State Senate Minority Leader]] || [[Sean Burrage]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Assistant Majority Caucus Leader|State Senate Majority Caucus Vice Chair]] || [[AJ Griffin]] || {{red dot}}
 
|-  
 
|-  
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Roger Ballenger]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Minority Floor Leader]] || {{State Senate Minority Leader|State=Oklahoma|Table=Yes}}
 +
|-
 +
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Charles Wyrick]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[John Sparks]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Kay Floyd]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Charles Wyrick]] || {{blue dot}}  
+
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[John Sparks (Oklahoma)|John Sparks]] || {{blue dot}}  
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Jerry Ellis]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader]] || [[Susan Paddack]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|-  
 
|-  
| [[State Senate Minority Whip]] || [[Earl Garrison]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Minority Whip|State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]] || [[Earl Garrison]] || {{blue dot}}
 +
|-
 +
| [[State Senate Minority Whip|State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]] || [[Charles Wyrick]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Minority Whip]] || [[Al McAffrey]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Minority Whip]] || [[Anastasia Pittman]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Senate Minority Caucus Leader|State Senate Minority Caucus Chairman]] || [[Tom Ivester]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Senate Minority Whip]] || [[Kay Floyd]] || {{blue dot}}
 +
|-
 +
| [[State Senate Minority Caucus Leader|State Senate Minority Caucus Chair]] || [[Kay Floyd]] || {{blue dot}}
 +
|-
 +
| [[State Senate Assistant Minority Caucus Leader|State Senate Minority Caucus Vice Chair]] || [[Charles Wyrick]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
===List of current members===
 
===List of current members===
{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
+
{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:550px;collapsible=Y;"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current members, Oklahoma State Senate
 
! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current members, Oklahoma State Senate
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|-
 
|-
| 1
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 1|1]]
 
| [[Charles Wyrick]]
 
| [[Charles Wyrick]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 2
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 2|2]]
| [[Sean Burrage]]
+
| [[Marty Quinn]]
| {{blue dot}}
+
| {{red dot}}
| 2006
+
| 2014
 
|-
 
|-
| 3
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 3|3]]
 
| [[Wayne Shaw]]  
 
| [[Wayne Shaw]]  
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2012
 
| 2012
 
|-
 
|-
| 4
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 4|4]]
 
| [[Mark Allen]]
 
| [[Mark Allen]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2010
 
| 2010
 
|-
 
|-
| 5
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 5|5]]
| [[Jerry Ellis]]
+
| [[Joseph Silk]]
| {{blue dot}}
+
| {{red dot}}
| 2002
+
| 2014
 
|-
 
|-
| 6
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 6|6]]
 
| [[Josh Brecheen]]
 
| [[Josh Brecheen]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2010
 
| 2010
 
|-
 
|-
| 7
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 7|7]]
 
| [[Larry Boggs (Oklahoma)|Larry Boggs]]
 
| [[Larry Boggs (Oklahoma)|Larry Boggs]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2012
 
| 2012
 
|-
 
|-
| 8
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 8|8]]
| [[Roger Ballenger]]
+
| [[Roger Thompson]]
| {{blue dot}}
+
| {{red dot}}
| 2006
+
| 2014
 
|-
 
|-
| 9
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 9|9]]
 
| [[Earl Garrison]]
 
| [[Earl Garrison]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 10
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 10|10]]
 
| [[Eddie Fields]]  
 
| [[Eddie Fields]]  
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2010
 
| 2010
 
|-
 
|-
| 11
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 11|11]]
| [[Jabar Shumate]]
+
| [[Jabar Shumate|Vacant]]
| {{blue dot}}
+
|
| 2012
+
|  
 
|-
 
|-
| 12
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 12|12]]
 
| [[Brian Bingman]]
 
| [[Brian Bingman]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2006
 
| 2006
 
|-
 
|-
| 13
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 13|13]]
 
| [[Susan Paddack]]
 
| [[Susan Paddack]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 14
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 14|14]]
 
| [[Frank Simpson]]
 
| [[Frank Simpson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2010
 
| 2010
 
|-
 
|-
| 15
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 15|15]]
 
| [[Rob Standridge]]
 
| [[Rob Standridge]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2012
 
| 2012
 
|-
 
|-
| 16
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 16|16]]
 
| [[John Sparks (Oklahoma)|John Sparks]]
 
| [[John Sparks (Oklahoma)|John Sparks]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| 2006
 
| 2006
 
|-
 
|-
| 17
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 17|17]]
 
| [[Ron Sharp]]  
 
| [[Ron Sharp]]  
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2012
 
| 2012
 
|-
 
|-
| 18
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 18|18]]
 
| [[Kim David]]
 
| [[Kim David]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2010
 
| 2010
 
|-
 
|-
| 19
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 19|19]]
 
| [[Patrick Anderson]]
 
| [[Patrick Anderson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 20
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 20|20]]
 
| [[AJ Griffin]]
 
| [[AJ Griffin]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2012
 
| 2012
 
|-
 
|-
| 21
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 21|21]]
 
| [[Jim Halligan]]
 
| [[Jim Halligan]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2008
 
| 2008
 
|-
 
|-
| 22
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 22|22]]
| [[Rob Johnson]]
+
| [[Stephanie Bice]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| 2010
+
| 2014
 
|-
 
|-
| 23
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 23|23]]
 
| [[Ron Justice]]
 
| [[Ron Justice]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 24
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 24|24]]
 
| [[Anthony Sykes]]
 
| [[Anthony Sykes]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2006
 
| 2006
 
|-
 
|-
| 25
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 25|25]]
 
| [[Mike Mazzei]]
 
| [[Mike Mazzei]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 26
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 26|26]]
| [[Tom Ivester]]
+
| [[Darcy Jech]]
| {{blue dot}}
+
| {{red dot}}
| 2006
+
| 2014
 
|-
 
|-
| 27
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 27|27]]
 
| [[Bryce Marlatt]]
 
| [[Bryce Marlatt]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2008
 
| 2008
 
|-
 
|-
| 28
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 28|28]]
| [[Harry Coates]]
+
| [[Jason Smalley]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| 2002
+
| 2014
 
|-
 
|-
| 29
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 29|29]]
| [[John Ford]]  
+
| [[John Ford (Oklahoma)|John Ford]]  
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 30
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 30|30]]
 
| [[David Holt]]
 
| [[David Holt]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2010
 
| 2010
 
|-
 
|-
| 31
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 31|31]]
 
| [[Don Barrington]]
 
| [[Don Barrington]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 32
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 32|32]]
 
| [[Randy Bass]]
 
| [[Randy Bass]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| 2004
 
| 2004
 
|-
 
|-
| 33
+
| [[Oklahoma State Senate District 33|33]]
 
| [[Nathan Dahm]]
 
| [[Nathan Dahm]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
 
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| [[Bill Brown (Oklahoma legislator)|Bill Brown]]
 
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| [[Dan Newberry]]
 
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| [[Mike Schulz]]
 
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| [[Brian Crain]]
 
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| [[Cliff Branan]]
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| [[Ervin Yen]]
 
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| [[Clark Jolley]]
 
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| [[Cliff Aldridge]]
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| [[Jack Fry]]
 
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| [[Corey Brooks]]
 
| [[Corey Brooks]]
 
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| 44
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| [[Ralph Shortey]]
 
| [[Ralph Shortey]]
 
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| 2010
 
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| 45
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| [[Kyle D. Loveless]]
 
| [[Kyle D. Loveless]]
 
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| [[Al McAffrey]]
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| [[Kay Floyd]]
 
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| [[Greg Treat]]
 
| [[Greg Treat]]
 
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| [[Constance Johnson]]
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| [[Anastasia Pittman]]
 
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==Standing committees==
 
==Standing committees==
The Oklahoma Senate has sixteen standing senate committees. They are:<ref>[http://www.oksenate.gov/committees/standingcommittees.htm ''Oklahoma Senate'',"Standing Committees," retrieved March 27, 2013]</ref>
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The Oklahoma Senate has sixteen standing senate committees. They are:<ref>[http://www.oksenate.gov/committees.aspx ''Oklahoma State Senate'', "Standing Committees," accessed March 27, 2013]</ref>
  
 
*[[Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Agriculture and Rural Development]]
 
*[[Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Agriculture and Rural Development]]
 
*[[Appropriations Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Appropriations]]
 
*[[Appropriations Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Appropriations]]
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::*[[Health and Human Services Subcommittee, Oklahoma State Senate|Health and Human Services Subcommittee]]
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::*[[Natural Resources and Regulatory Services Subcommittee, Oklahoma State Senate|Natural Resources and Regulatory Services Subcommittee]]
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::*[[Public Safety and Judiciary Subcommittee, Oklahoma State Senate|Public Safety and Judiciary Subcommittee]]
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::*[[Select Agencies Subcommittee, Oklahoma State Senate|Select Agencies Subcommittee]]
 
*[[Business and Commerce Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Business and Commerce]]
 
*[[Business and Commerce Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Business and Commerce]]
 
*[[Education Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Education]]
 
*[[Education Committee, Oklahoma State Senate|Education]]
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===Partisan balance 1992-2013===
 
===Partisan balance 1992-2013===
 
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::''See also: [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States]] and [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Oklahoma]]''
 
[[File:Oklahoma legislature pie chart 1992-2013.png|thumb|Partisan breakdown of the Oklahoma legislature from 1992-2013]]
 
[[File:Oklahoma legislature pie chart 1992-2013.png|thumb|Partisan breakdown of the Oklahoma legislature from 1992-2013]]
 
From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Oklahoma State Senate for the first 15 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last five years. The final three years of the study depicted a shift in the Oklahoma senate with all three years being Republican [[trifectas]].
 
From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Oklahoma State Senate for the first 15 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last five years. The final three years of the study depicted a shift in the Oklahoma senate with all three years being Republican [[trifectas]].
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Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
 
Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
  
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
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Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
  
 
The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Oklahoma|Office of the Governor of Oklahoma]], the [[Oklahoma State Senate]] and the [[Oklahoma House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
 
The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Oklahoma|Office of the Governor of Oklahoma]], the [[Oklahoma State Senate]] and the [[Oklahoma House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
 
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[[File:Partisan composition of Oklahoma state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
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====SQLI and partisanship====
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::''To read the full report on the [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, SQLI, About the Index|State Quality of Life Index]] (SQLI) in PDF form, click [[Media:WhoRunstheStates Part2 SQLI.pdf|here]].
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The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Oklahoma state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the years of the study, Oklahoma had both Democratic and Republican trifectas. Its Democratic trifectas occurred from 1992-1994 and from 2003-2004. Its Republican trifectas occurred from 2011-2013. Oklahoma's SQLI ranking was in the bottom-10 for many years of the study, finishing 44th in 1994 at its lowest. In more recent years of the study, however, the state's ranking improved, finishing 31st in 2011 at its highest. Oklahoma's worst ranking occurred during a Democratic trifecta, and its best occurred during a Republican trifecta.
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* [[Oklahoma]]
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==External links==
 
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* [http://www.oksenate.gov/index.htm Oklahoma Senate] official government website
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_Senate Wikipedia:Oklahoma Senate]
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* [http://www.oksenate.gov/publications/senate_rules.pdf Senate rules]
 
* [http://www.oksenate.gov/publications/senate_rules.pdf Senate rules]
  

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Oklahoma State Senate

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General Information
Type:   Upper house
Term limits:   12 year cumulative total, in either or both chambers
2015 session start:   February 2, 2015
Website:   Official Senate Page
Leadership
Senate President:   Todd Lamb (R)
Majority Leader:   Mike Schulz (R)
Minority Leader:   Randy Bass (D)
Structure
Members:  48
  
Vacancy (1)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art V, Oklahoma Constitution
Salary:   $38,400/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 4, 2014 (25 seats)
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Redistricting:  Oklahoma Legislature has control
Meeting place:
Ok senate chamber.jpg
The Oklahoma State Senate is the upper house in the Oklahoma State Legislature, the state legislature of Oklahoma. It consists of 48 members representing one of each 48 Oklahoma districts. There are 48 state senators; they represent 48 districts.

Each member represents an average of 78,153 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 71,889 residents.[2]

The senators serve four-year terms with term limits.[3]

The composition of each district is outlined in the Oklahoma Constitution, Section V-9a, which states:

the nineteen most populous counties, as determined by the most recent Federal Decennial Census, shall constitute nineteen senatorial districts with one senator to be nominated and elected from each district; the fifty-eight less populous counties shall be joined into twenty-nine two-county districts with one senator to be nominated and elected from each of the two-county districts.[4]

As of April 2015, Oklahoma is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: Oklahoma State Legislature, Oklahoma House of Representatives, Oklahoma Governor

Sessions

Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution establishes when the Oklahoma State Legislature, of which the Senate is a part, is to be in session. Section 26 of Article V states that the Legislature is to meet in regular session on the first Monday in February of each year, and it is to adjourn its regular session by the last Friday in May of each year. Additionally, Section 26 also states that the Legislature is to meet for organizational purposes on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year.

Section 27 of Article V contains the rules for convening special sessions of the Legislature. Section 27 allows a special session to be called by the Governor of Oklahoma or by a written call signed by two-thirds of the members of both legislative houses.

2015

See also: Dates of 2015 state legislative sessions

In 2015, the Legislature will be in session from February 2 through May 29 (Projected).

Major issues

Major issues in the 2015 legislative session include dealing with the $300 million budget shortfall, funding for roads and bridges, criminal justice reform, school choice and healthcare.[5][6]

2014

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 3 through May 23.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included tax cuts, the budget, prison funding, employee compensation and judicial reform.[7]

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from February 4 through May 24.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2013 legislative session included changes to the state pension system and workers compensation funds, tax cuts, and increased funding for education.[8]

Lawsuit reform

In September 2013, the state legislature held a five-day special session where both houses reenacted a lawsuit reform bill. Republicans in the state legislature settled on 23 provisions with the effect of reestablishing key provisions of a 2009 lawsuit reform bill, which was struck down by the state Supreme Court in June 2013. The current Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman is a strong supporter of lawsuit reform.[9]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the Senate was in session from February 6 through May 25.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the Senate was in session from February 7 through May 27.[10]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the Senate was in session from February 1 to May 28.[11]

Role in state budget

See also: Oklahoma state budget and finances
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The state operates on an annual budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[12][13]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in August of the year preceding the start of the new fiscal year.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in October.
  3. Agency hearings are held from October through December. Public hearings are held from December through May.
  4. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in February.
  5. The legislature typically adopts a budget in May. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Oklahoma is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[13]

The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget proposal. Likewise, the legislature is legally required to pass a balanced budget.[13]

Cost-benefit analyses

See also: Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Cost-Benefit Study
Map showing results of the Pew-MacArthur cost-benefit study.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a report in July 2013 indicating that cost-benefit analysis in policymaking led to more effective uses of public funds. Looking at data from 2008 through 2011, the study's authors found that some states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis, while others were facing challenges and lagging behind the rest of the nation. The challenges states faced included a lack of time, money and technical skills needed to conduct comprehensive cost-benefit analyses. Oklahoma was one of 29 states with mixed results regarding the frequency and effectiveness in its use of cost-benefit analysis.[14]

Ethics and transparency

Following the Money report

See also: "Following the Money" report, 2014

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending.[15] According to the report, Oklahoma received a grade of B- and a numerical score of 82, indicating that Oklahoma was "advancing" in terms of transparency regarding state spending.[15]

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Oklahoma was given a grade of D in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014.

The partisan breakdown of the senate before and after the election is as follows:

Oklahoma State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 12 8
     Republican Party 36 40
Total 48 48

2012

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate were held in Oklahoma on November 6, 2012. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline was April 13, 2012. The Primary election date was on June 26, 2012.

During the 2012 election, the total value of contributions to the 67 Senate candidates was $6,611,716. The top 10 contributors were:[17]


Oklahoma state senators are subject to term limits, and may not serve more than 12 years total in any chamber of the state legislature. In 2012, 2 state senators were termed-out: Jim Wilson and Jonathan Nichols.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate were held in Oklahoma on November 2, 2010. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 9, 2010. The primary Election Day was July 27, 2010.

The partisan breakdown of the senate before and after the election is as follows:

Oklahoma State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 22 16
     Republican Party 26 32
Total 48 48


During the 2010 election, the total value of contributions to the 54 Senate candidates was $7,416,467. The top 10 contributors were:[18]

2008

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate were held in Oklahoma on November 4, 2008. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 4, 2008. The primary Election Day was July 29, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total value of contributions to the 49 Senate candidates was $7,985,576. The top 10 contributors were:[19]

2006

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on July 25, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

During the 2006 election, the total value of contributions to the 59 Senate candidates was $8,228,353. The top 10 contributors were:[20]

2004

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on July 27, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

During the 2004 election, the total value of contributions to the 87 Senate candidates was $6,997,108. The top 10 contributors were:[21]

2002

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on September 17, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

During the 2002 election, the total value of contributions to the 52 Senate candidates was $4,170,343. The top 10 contributors were:[22]

2000

See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Oklahoma's State Senate consisted of a primary Election Day on August 22, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000. A total of 17 seats were up for election.

During the 2000 election, the total value of contributions to the 52 Senate candidates was $2,934,646. The top 10 contributors were:[23]

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 17 of the Oklahoma Constitution states: Members of the Senate shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and members of the House of Representatives twenty-one years of age at the time of their election. They shall be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their term of office.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor must call for a special election no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. No special election can be called if the vacancy happens after March 1st during the year the seat is set to expire.[24]

The only exception to the March 1st deadline is for Senators who resign with two or more years left in their term during an election year. If the resignation was announced before June 1st and the effective date is scheduled for after the general election, a special election can be called.[25]

The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[26]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Oklahoma legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Oklahoma Term Limits Act in 1990. That initiative says that Oklahoma state legislators senators are subject to term limits of no more than twelve years in the Oklahoma State Legislature. These 12 years can be served in any combination of the Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.[27]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1990 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2004.

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, the state legislature is in charge of redistricting. If the state legislature fails to agree on a map by its deadline, then redistricting becomes the responsibility of the Oklahoma Reapportionment Commission. Although the legislature is given latitude, Oklahoma laws regarding redistricting require that the cores of existing districts are maintained, other political subdivisions remain intact, 'communities of interest' should be respected and combined, and the state must explicitly comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act protecting the representation of minority populations.

2010

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma's population increased from 3.45 million to 3.75 million between 2000 and 2010.[28] The population was densest around Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Growth rates were highest in the suburban and exurban areas surrounding these cities, while rural Oklahoma counties grew slowly or lost population. Of Oklahoma's 77 counties, 23 registered a drop in population between 2000 and 2010.[29] The state's overall growth rate was 8.7 percent, which was below the national average of 9.7 percent, but not low enough to cost the state a Congressional seat, as occurred as a result of the 2000 Census.[30]

Oklahoma officials received detailed Oklahoma results from the Census in February. The legislature formed steering committees in each chamber to draft the maps before the May 27, 2011 deadline. The House of Representatives completed its work relatively quickly, producing a map that avoided putting any incumbents in a district together by early May.[31] Discussions in the Senate were more heated and partisan, and the Senate did not produce a map in mid-May.[32][33][34] The House map was passed overwhelmingly in its initial vote, while the Senate encountered minority opposition. However, opposition eased on the second round of votes, and the Governor Mary Fallin signed the bills into law seven days before the deadline.[35][36]

Senators

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Oklahoma Legislature are paid $38,400/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $147/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[37]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Oklahoma legislators assume office November 17th.

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 7
     Republican Party 40
     Vacancy 1
Total 48

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Oklahoma State Senate from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Oklahoma State Senate.PNG

Leadership

The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate, but has rarely presided over the senate session since the 1960's. The President Pro Tempore is chosen by the members of the Senate and acts as chief executive officer of the Senate. The majority and minority caucuses choose their leaders. As of January 4, 2011, the new senate had chosen its [38]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Oklahoma State Senate
Office Representative Party
President of the Senate Todd Lamb Ends.png Republican
President Pro Tempore of the Senate Brian Bingman Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Schulz Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader Rick Brinkley Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader Eddie Fields Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Whip Nathan Dahm Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Whip Kim David Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Whip Frank Simpson Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Whip Rob Standridge Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Caucus Chair Bryce Marlatt Ends.png Republican
State Senate Majority Caucus Vice Chair AJ Griffin Ends.png Republican
State Senate Minority Floor Leader Randy Bass Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader Charles Wyrick Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader Kay Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader John Sparks Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Floor Leader Susan Paddack Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Earl Garrison Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Charles Wyrick Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Whip Anastasia Pittman Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Whip Kay Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Caucus Chair Kay Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Caucus Vice Chair Charles Wyrick Electiondot.png Democratic

List of current members

Current members, Oklahoma State Senate
District Senator Party Assumed office
1 Charles Wyrick Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
2 Marty Quinn Ends.png Republican 2014
3 Wayne Shaw Ends.png Republican 2012
4 Mark Allen Ends.png Republican 2010
5 Joseph Silk Ends.png Republican 2014
6 Josh Brecheen Ends.png Republican 2010
7 Larry Boggs Ends.png Republican 2012
8 Roger Thompson Ends.png Republican 2014
9 Earl Garrison Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
10 Eddie Fields Ends.png Republican 2010
11 Vacant
12 Brian Bingman Ends.png Republican 2006
13 Susan Paddack Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
14 Frank Simpson Ends.png Republican 2010
15 Rob Standridge Ends.png Republican 2012
16 John Sparks Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
17 Ron Sharp Ends.png Republican 2012
18 Kim David Ends.png Republican 2010
19 Patrick Anderson Ends.png Republican 2004
20 AJ Griffin Ends.png Republican 2012
21 Jim Halligan Ends.png Republican 2008
22 Stephanie Bice Ends.png Republican 2014
23 Ron Justice Ends.png Republican 2004
24 Anthony Sykes Ends.png Republican 2006
25 Mike Mazzei Ends.png Republican 2004
26 Darcy Jech Ends.png Republican 2014
27 Bryce Marlatt Ends.png Republican 2008
28 Jason Smalley Ends.png Republican 2014
29 John Ford Ends.png Republican 2004
30 David Holt Ends.png Republican 2010
31 Don Barrington Ends.png Republican 2004
32 Randy Bass Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
33 Nathan Dahm Ends.png Republican 2012
34 Rick Brinkley Ends.png Republican 2010
35 Gary Stanislawski Ends.png Republican 2008
36 Bill Brown Ends.png Republican 2006
37 Dan Newberry Ends.png Republican 2008
38 Mike Schulz Ends.png Republican 2006
39 Brian Crain Ends.png Republican 2004
40 Ervin Yen Ends.png Republican 2014
41 Clark Jolley Ends.png Republican 2004
42 Jack Fry Ends.png Republican 2014
43 Corey Brooks Ends.png Republican 2012
44 Ralph Shortey Ends.png Republican 2010
45 Kyle D. Loveless Ends.png Republican 2012
46 Kay Floyd Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
47 Greg Treat Ends.png Republican 2011
48 Anastasia Pittman Electiondot.png Democratic 2014

Standing committees

The Oklahoma Senate has sixteen standing senate committees. They are:[39]

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Oklahoma
Partisan breakdown of the Oklahoma legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Oklahoma State Senate for the first 15 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last five years. The final three years of the study depicted a shift in the Oklahoma senate with all three years being Republican trifectas.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Oklahoma state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

To read the full report on the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) in PDF form, click here.

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Oklahoma state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the years of the study, Oklahoma had both Democratic and Republican trifectas. Its Democratic trifectas occurred from 1992-1994 and from 2003-2004. Its Republican trifectas occurred from 2011-2013. Oklahoma's SQLI ranking was in the bottom-10 for many years of the study, finishing 44th in 1994 at its lowest. In more recent years of the study, however, the state's ranking improved, finishing 31st in 2011 at its highest. Oklahoma's worst ranking occurred during a Democratic trifecta, and its best occurred during a Republican trifecta.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 41.80
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 31.50
  • SQLI average with divided government: 40.64
Chart displaying the partisanship of Oklahoma government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

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