Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.

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Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
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39th Mayor of Tulsa
In office
December 7, 2009 – December 4, 2016
Preceded by Kathy Taylor
Succeeded by G. T. Bynum
Personal details
Born Dewey Follett Bartlett Jr.
(1947-03-16) March 16, 1947 (age 71)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan (divorced 2002),[1] Victoria[2]
Children 3
Alma mater Regis University
Southern Methodist University
Occupation Businessman

Dewey Follett Bartlett Jr. (born March 16, 1947) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 39th Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma.[3] An oil industry executive and political figure in Tulsa, Bartlett was the Republican nominee for mayor of Tulsa in the 2009 election, and was elected as Tulsa's 39th mayor on November 10, 2009. He was re-elected in 2012, but then defeated in his second reelection bid in 2016.[4]


Bartlett's father, Dewey F. Bartlett, was Oklahoma's second Republican governor from 1967 to 1971, and a United States Senator from 1973 to 1979.[5] His mother, Ann Bartlett, is a former First Lady of Oklahoma.[6] The younger Bartlett attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, then received a B.S. in accounting from Regis University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.[7][8][9][10] He is the President of the Keener Oil & Gas Company, the successor to a family business previously run by his father,[9][11] and has served as the chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board[12] and the National Stripper Well Association,[13] as well as a member of the board of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.[11]

Political career[edit]

Bartlett served on the Tulsa City Council from 1990 to 1994, and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in a 1992 special election. The Tulsa World newspaper suggested that Bartlett lost the race due to extremely negative campaigning.[14] In 2004 he ran against former state health secretary Tom Adelson for Oklahoma Senate district 33, losing by less than 1,000 votes.[15][16]

In 2009 he ran again for mayor of Tulsa.[17] On September 8, 2009, Bartlett won 54% of the Republican primary vote, setting him up for another match against Adelson (who received 94% of the vote in the Democratic primary) and two independents in the November general election.[18] In the November 10 general election, Bartlett received about 45% of the vote, to 36% for Adelson and 18% for independent Mark Perkins. Bartlett took office on December 7, 2009.[19]

In May 2011, the Tulsa city auditor issued a report stating that Bartlett had violated two sections of the city's ethics rules by accepting free legal advice from a lawyer who had also represented the city.[20] Bartlett and his lawyer have disputed this finding.[21]

In the 2013 mayoral election, Bartlett faced challenges from his Democratic predecessor, Kathy Taylor,[22] as well as from another Republican, city councilman Bill Christiansen, and several other candidates. In the mayoral primary election on June 11, 2013, the city used a new non-partisan election system for the first time, and Bartlett finished second, with 34.2%, behind Taylor's 42.1% but ahead of Christiansen's 23.1%. Taylor and Bartlett then met in a runoff election on November 12, 2013,[23] and Bartlett won reelection with 55.7% of the vote.[24]

In 2016, Bartlett lost reelection to city councilor and fellow Republican G. T. Bynum, who received about 56 percent of the vote while Bartlett had about 38 percent.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett's Ex-Wife Dies:, Associated Press at KTUL, March 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Brian Barber, "Eager to embrace role: Victoria Bartlett intends to be active in several Tulsa issues", Tulsa World, November 29, 2009. Archived on November 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Dewey Bartlett Jr. Takes Helm as Tulsa Mayor, KJRH, December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Bartlett to be Tulsa's next mayor, Tulsa World, November 10, 2009.
  5. ^ Gary Percefull, "A Family Affair: What's in a Name? Oklahoma's Political Heritage Lives in a New Generation", Tulsa World, February 5, 1989.
  6. ^ Stanley, Tim (2013-01-27). "Tulsa mayor's mother, former First Lady of Oklahoma, Ann Bartlett, dies". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  7. ^ Dewey Bartlett for Tulsa Mayor at Facebook (retrieved September 9, 2009).
  8. ^ "Voter Guide: 2004", Tulsa World, October 24, 2004.
  9. ^ a b Biography of Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. at Keener Oil & Gas Company website (June 20, 2011).
  10. ^ "Dewey Bartlett Announces for Tulsa Mayor", KOTV, June 25, 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Bartlett to run for Tulsa mayor",, June 25, 2009.
  12. ^ Dewey F. Bartlett Jr., Chairman at OERB website (retrieved September 10, 2009).
  13. ^ Philip Sherwell, "Oklahoma residents unplug oil wells in the backyard: Small oil wells that were uneconomic are back in action in Oklahoma", The Daily Telegraph, August 25, 2008.
  14. ^ "A Woman Mayor". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  15. ^ Brian Barber, "Adelson narrowly wins District 33", Tulsa World, November 3, 2004.
  16. ^ "2004 General Results". State Election Board. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 
  17. ^ Brian Barber, "Bartlett announces candidacy for mayor", Tulsa World, June 25, 2009
  18. ^ Brian Barber, "Bartlett, Adelson advance: Two candidates will join ballot with independents", Tulsa World, September 9, 2009.
  19. ^ Shannon Muchmore and Brian Barber, Tulsa mayor-elect, newly elected councilors sworn in, Tulsa World, December 7, 2009.
  20. ^ "Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Violated Ethics Code, Report Says", KOTV, May 19, 2011.
  21. ^ P. J. Lassek, "Mayor calls the ethics finding against him 'dead wrong'", Tulsa World, May 24, 2011.
  22. ^ "Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor To Run Again", KOTV-DT, January 28, 2013.
  23. ^ "Taylor, Bartlett Advance to November Election for Tulsa Mayor", KTUL, June 11, 2013.
  24. ^ "2013 Tulsa Municipal Election", Tulsa City-County Library (accessed 2014-03-12).
  25. ^ "GT Bynum Defeats Incumbent Bartlett For Tulsa Mayor", KOTV, June 28, 2016

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kathy Taylor
Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma
December 7, 2009 - December 5, 2016
Succeeded by
G. T. Bynum