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Ralph Shortey

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Ralph Shortey
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Oklahoma State Senate District 44
In office
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$147/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years total in state legislative chambers
Office website
Ralph Shortey is a Republican member of the Oklahoma State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Shortney attended Heartland Baptist College. His professional experience includes working as an oil and gas production consultant before quitting his job to run for office.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Shortey served on the following committees:

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety
Veterans and Military Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Shortey served on the following committees:


Human fetuses in food

In January 2012, Shortey introduced legislation to ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food.[2] Shortey told members of the media that he had conducted Internet research which led him to believe a ban was necessary. The United States Food and Drug Administration said it is unaware of any concern. Specifically, the legislation would prohibit the manufacture or sale of any food in which aborted fetuses were used in developing any of the ingredients. Shortey said that he was not aware of any Oklahoma companies that use aborted human fetuses.[3]

SB 1418 -- received its first reading on February 6, 2012.

Election History


See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2010

Shortey, was initially defeated in a four-way Republican primary on July 27, falling to winner James Davenport. However, Shortey defeated Davenport in the August 24 runoff primary by a margin of 1,306-934. Shortey defeated Randy Rose (D) in the general election.[4]

Oklahoma State Senate, District 44
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Shortey (R) 6,060
Randy Rose (D) 4,509

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ralph Shortey is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ralph Shortey raised a total of $91,638 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 15, 2013.[5]

Ralph Shortey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oklahoma State Senate, District 44 Not up for election $29,360
2010 Oklahoma State Senate, District 44 Won $62,278
Grand Total Raised $91,638


Ralph Shortey was not up for election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ralph Shortey raised a total of $29,360.
Oklahoma State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Shortey's campaign in 2012
Turner, Mike$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$29,360
Source: Follow the Money


Ralph Shortey won election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ralph Shortey raised a total of $62,278.


Shortey and his wife have two children.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Debbe Leftwich (D)
Oklahoma State Senate District 44
Succeeded by