Al McAffrey

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Al McAffrey
Rep. Al McAffrey.jpg
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 46th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 22, 2012
Preceded by Andrew Rice
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
from the 88th district
In office
November 16, 2006 – February 22, 2012
Preceded by Debbie Blackburn
Succeeded by Kay Floyd
Personal details
Born (1948-06-06) June 6, 1948 (age 66)
Konawa, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Domestic partner David Stinson
Residence Oklahoma City
Occupation Funeral director
Website almcaffrey.com
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S. Navy

Al McAffrey is an American politician from Oklahoma who serves in the Oklahoma Senate, representing district 46. He has served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing district 88.[1] McAffrey is running for the United States House of Representatives in 2014.[2]

Early life, education and career[edit]

The son of a Baptist minister, McAffrey was raised in Sulphur, Oklahoma, graduating from Sulphur High School in 1966. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1974, McAffrey enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Navy Corpsman. Upon returning to Oklahoma, McAffrey joined the Oklahoma City Police Department and later went on to own and operate several successful small businesses. He owns and operates OK Cremation & Mortuary Services.[3]

Political career[edit]

McAffrey with Governor Brad Henry at a bill signing.

After winning the Democratic party's three-way primary on July 25, 2006, McAffrey faced no Republican opposition and was sworn into the Oklahoma House of Representatives on the State’s Centennial birthday on November 16, 2006.[4]

McAffrey was unopposed in 2008 and re-elected to a third term in 2010, winning the general election after defeating Republican challenger Dominique DaMon Block, Sr. with 69.6% of the vote.[5]

During his last term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, McAffrey served on the Public Health, Administrative Rules and Government Oversight, Public Safety and Economic Development, Tourism & Financial Services committees. He also served as assistant minority floor leader.[6]

On October 18, 2011, Sen. Andrew Rice (D–Oklahoma City) announced that he would resign from the Oklahoma Senate effective January 2012. McAffrey announced his candidacy for Rice's seat and won the special election on February 14, 2012. McAfrey defeated Republican Jason Reese, taking nearly 70% of the vote,[1] and was sworn into office on February 22, 2012.[7]

McAffrey is running for the United States House of Representatives in 2014.[2]

Community service[edit]

McAffrey is a strong supporter of AIDS awareness. He is a board member of the Regional AIDS Intercommunity Network-Oklahoma (RAIN) and is serving on the Advisory Council for the AIDS Walk in Oklahoma City. He is also an active member of the Diversity Business Association.[8]

Personal[edit]

An openly gay man, McAffrey was the first openly LGBT person elected to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature.[9] A father of three daughters and grandfather of eight grandchildren, McAffrey lives in Oklahoma City.[10][11] He is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City and is active in the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association. McAffrey also serves as a voting member of the Choctaw Nation. He resides in downtown Oklahoma City where he owns and operates OK Cremation & Mortuary Service.[12]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 Oklahoma Special Election - Senate District 46[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Al McAffrey 1,258 66.63
Republican Jason Reese 630 33.37
2010 Oklahoma General Election - House District 88[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Al McAffrey 4,173 69.56
Republican Dominique Damon Block, Sr. 1,826 30.44
2008 Oklahoma General Election - House District 88[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Al McAffrey Elected unopposed
2006 Oklahoma General Election - House District 88[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Al McAffrey Elected unopposed
2006 Oklahoma Democratic Primary Election - House District 88[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Al McAffrey 1,010 51.30
Democratic Casey Davis 568 28.85
Democratic Nathan Powell 391 19.86

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oklahoma Election Results 2012". NewsOK.com. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b AP (13 February 2014). "UPDATE: McAffrey Formally Announces U.S. House Candidacy". KGOU. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Al McAffrey for Oklahoma: Meet Al". 
  4. ^ "OKC district elects state's first gay legislator". Tulsa World. 2006-07-26. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  5. ^ "SUMMARY RESULTS: General Election - November 2, 2010". Ok.gov. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  6. ^ "South County Leader". Bixby Bulletin. Retrieved 2012-02-22. [dead link]
  7. ^ Patrick B. McGuigan. "Editor’s Notebook: AFP slams internet taxes, McAffrey begins Senate duties, Israeli couple shares story of "Terror to Triumph"". Capitolbeatok.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  8. ^ "Tyler Smith". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  9. ^ "First openly gay candidate elected to Oklahoma legislature". The Advocate. 2006-07-27. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  10. ^ "Oklahoma House of Representatives - House Members". Okhouse.gov. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  11. ^ "The ‘most powerful’ man in Oklahoma". Dallas Voice. 2012-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Meet Al". Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Oklahoma State Election Board - Election Results". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  14. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board - Primary Election 2006". Ok.gov. 2006-07-25. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

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