Jabar Shumate

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Jabar Shumate
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Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 11th district
In office
2012 – January 6, 2015
Preceded byJudy Eason McIntyre
Succeeded byKevin Matthews
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
from the 73rd district
In office
Preceded byJudy Eason McIntyre
Succeeded byKevin Matthews
Personal details
Born (1976-01-26) January 26, 1976 (age 44)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jillian Leggett Shumate
ResidenceTulsa, Oklahoma
Alma materUniversity of Oklahoma
OccupationPublic Relations consultant

Jabar Shumate (born January 26, 1976) was a Democratic Party politician in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. He is former member of both the Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Early life and career[edit]

Shumate was born January 26, 1976 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in public affairs and administration.[1] During his time at the university, he served as student body president.[2]

Political career[edit]

Since his election, Shumate has worked on education reform and health issues. He co-authored a study to look at ways to incentivize healthier foods in urban Tulsa neighborhoods.[3] He has also held leadership positions in the Oklahoma legislative black caucus.[4]

Shumate had a tough 2010 primary, edging out a primary opponent after education unions threw their support behind his opponent.[5]

Shumate left the Oklahoma House of Representatives to run for a state Senate seat.[6] He faced a member of the Tulsa City council in a 2012 primary for the state Senate seat vacated by Judy Eason McIntyre.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Shumate married Jillian Leggett on November 12, 2011, after proposing to her at his church on February 13, 2011.[8]


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