Kevin Hern

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Kevin Hern
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
Assumed office
November 13, 2018
Preceded byJim Bridenstine
Personal details
Born (1961-12-04) December 4, 1961 (age 57)
Belton, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Tammy Hern (m. 1994)
EducationArkansas Tech University (BS)
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Arkansas, Little Rock (MBA)

Kevin Hern (born December 4, 1961) is an American businessman and politician from the state of Oklahoma. A Republican, he is a member of the United States House of Representatives, for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district. He was elected in 2018.


Hern graduated from Dover High School in Dover, Arkansas, in 1980, and Arkansas Tech University in 1986.[1] He worked at Rockwell International and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, studying for a Ph.D. in astronautical engineering. After the Challenger disaster, he had difficulty finding a job, and became a McDonald's franchisee. He bought his first McDonald's in North Little Rock, Arkansas in 1997. He sold the North Little Rock franchise in 1999 to move to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he bought two franchises. He expanded his business to own ten franchises in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[2]

After Jim Bridenstine resigned from the United States House of Representatives in 2018, Hern ran to succeed him in Oklahoma's 1st congressional district in the 2018 elections. Hern advanced to the runoff,[3][4] where he defeated Tim Harris.[5] He then advanced to the general election, where he defeated Democratic candidate Tim Gilpin.[6] Hern won the general election to fill Bridenstine's unexpired term and was sworn into the House on November 13 due to the continuing vacancy.[7]

Hern and his wife, Tammy, have three children.[8]


  1. ^ "Dover native receives Congressional GOP nomination in Oklahoma". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  2. ^ SAMUEL HARDIMAN World Business Writer (August 5, 2016). "5 Questions with Kevin Hern, McDonald's franchisee | 5 Questions". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ World, Randy Krehbiel Tulsa. "Tim Harris, Kevin Hern headed to 1st Congressional District runoff; Democrats also going to second round". Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Rare runoffs to decide 1st Congressional District nominees | Homepagelatest". August 26, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kevin Hern beats Tim Harris for Congressional 1st District Republican nomination". August 28, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
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  7. ^ "New 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern sworn in | Government". January 1, 1970. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Bridenstine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district