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Sally Kern
Oklahoma House of Representatives District 84
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 11
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$147/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years total in state legislative chambers
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, Arlington (1971)
Date of birthNovember 27, 1946
Place of birthJonesboro, Arkansas
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Personal website
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Sally R. Kern (b. November 27, 1946) is a Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She has represented District 84 since 2004.


Kern received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1971. She received her teacher certification in Social Studies from East Texas State University in 1986. In her professional life, Kern has worked as a teacher, real estate agent and an invoice clerk.

Committee assignments


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

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations and Budget
Common Education
Human Services


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kern served on the following committees:

Election history


See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kern ran in the 2012 election for Oklahoma House District 84. Kern defeated Curtis Moore in the June 26 Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election that took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Kern one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[4]

Oklahoma House of Representatives District 84 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Kern Incumbent 72.9% 1,500
Curtis Moore 27.1% 557
Total Votes 2,057


Kern won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary. She defeated Brittany M. Novotny (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 84
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sally Kern (R) 5,717
Brittany M. Novotny (D) 2,958


On November 4, 2008, Kern won re-election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.[6] $69,490 was raised for this campaign.[7]

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 84
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png SALLY KERN (R) 7,232

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, a year in which Kern was up for re-election, she collected $61,204 in donations.[8]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Oklahoma House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sally Kern's campaign in 2010
Tatom, John Henry$5,000
Marshall, M$2,500
Woodward County Republican Womens Club$1,600
Oklahoma Conservative Pac$1,500
Oklahoma County Republican Cmte$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $61,204


In 2008, Kern collected $69,490 in donations.[9]

These were the largest contributors in 2008.

Donor Amount
TATUM, T $5,000
HARVEY, R $5,000
KERR, KELLY D $3,657
MARSHALL, M $2,500


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Sally Kern endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [10]


Kern and her husband, Steve, have two children. They live in Oklahoma City, OK.


Views on homosexuality

Kern has long ignited controversy on the subject of homosexuality. In 2008, Kern compared homosexuality to terrorism, saying, "I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam - which I think is a big threat, okay?"[11]

In June 2009, Kern, along with other legislators, civic and religious leaders, announced they would gather at the State Capitol to sign the "Oklahoma Citizens Proclamation for Morality." The proclamation attacked, among other things, gay pride festivals, stating, "Whereas, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior."[11]

Views on blacks and women

During a Statehouse debate in April 2011, Kern claimed minorities earn less money than white people because they are not willing to work as hard. Kern stated, "Is this just because they are black that they are in prison, or could it be because they didn't want to work hard in school. I taught school for 20 years and I saw a lot of people of color that didn't want to work as hard. They wanted it given to them."[12]

Kern said the reason that women earn less money is because they "tend to think more about their family, wanting to stay at home more, wanting to be with their family, have more leisure time."[12]

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Kern and husband, Steve, have two sons.[13]

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Preceded by
Oklahoma House of Representatives - District 84
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