Jerry Ellis (Oklahoma politician)

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Jerry Ellis
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 5th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Jeff Rabon
Personal details
Born (1946-12-11) December 11, 1946 (age 70)
Hugo, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cynthia
Residence Valliant, Oklahoma
Alma mater Oklahoma State University
Occupation Newspaper Publisher
Religion United Methodist

Jerry Ellis (born December 11, 1946 in Hugo, Oklahoma) is an Oklahoma State Senator from District 5, which includes Atoka, Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, since 2008. He earlier was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2002 through 2008.

He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University in 1969. He served in the armed forces from 1969 to 1972. He has been employed as a laborer for Weyerhaeuser and as a cattle rancher. He is co-founder and publisher of the Southeast Times newspaper.

Ellis won election to the Oklahoma Senate for District 5 in 2008. In 2002, he received the Friend of Working Men and Women Award from the McCurtain County Democratic Party. In 2007, he received the Oklahoma Rifleman Association Legislator of the Year Award. In 2008, he received the Oklahoma American Legion Legislator of the Year Award as well as the American Association of Retired Persons 50 Over 50 Award.

He is married to the former Cynthia Cox. They have one son Tom.

Ellis was named Assistant Democratic Floor Leader in December 2011. He serves on the Agriculture & Rural Development, Business & Commerce and Rules Committees. He's also the Vice Chair of the Tourism & Wildlife committee and serves on the Appropriation Subcomittee on Natural Resources.

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