Randy Brogdon

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Randy Brogdon
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 34th district
In office
January 2003 – January 2011
Preceded by Grover Campbell
Succeeded by Rick Brinkley
Personal details
Born Randall C. Brogdon
(1953-06-17) June 17, 1953 (age 65)
Ardmore, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donna Brogdon
Children Chris
Bryan
Alma mater Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Website Official website

Randall C. "Randy" Brogdon (born June 17, 1953) is an American businessman and politician. He was a state senator for Oklahoma's 34th senate district from 2002 until 2011. Brogdon ran for governor of Oklahoma in 2010 on a platform of tax cuts and reducing the role of government. He was defeated by Mary Fallin. On December 25, 2013, Brogdon announced that he would challenge incumbent Governor Fallin in the 2014 gubernatorial election. However, he withdrew to run for the U.S. Senate in a special election triggered by the retirement of Tom Coburn. He lost the nomination to representative James Lankford. In April 2015, he was elected as chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.

Brogdon was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He graduated from Tulsa High School and studied air conditioning at Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He went on to own a mechanical contracting company and an air conditioning business.[1]

Political career[edit]

Brogdon was elected to his first term in the Oklahoma Senate in 2002. His district includes large portions of the Tulsa suburban area, including Owasso, Collinsville, Catoosa, Sperry and the fast-growing areas of northeast Tulsa County and Rogers County.

He started his political career by serving on the Owasso City Council and was later elected as Mayor. In a three-way primary he defeated the incumbent mayor and a third candidate by an absolute majority, avoiding a runoff.

In 2003, the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) named him "Legislative Newcomer of the Year." In his first year, he had a "perfect voting" record in not missing a single vote for the entire session. In all of his six years of service, OCPAC selected him as "Senate Legislator of the Year." for having the highest conservative voting record in the Senate. In 2005 Senator Brogdon was the first senator in 20 years to receive a 100% on the Conservative Vote Index. For the 2005-2006 legislative session, he was elected to a leadership position by his caucus to serve as Senate Republican Whip and in 2007-2008 he served as the Assistant Republican Floor Leader. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Phyllis Schlafly Oklahoma Eagle Award for his consistent support of Constitutional Conservative legislation. In 2008, he was appointed as chairman of Appropriation of Transportation and General Government sub-committee.

On April 18, 2009, Brogdon announced his candidacy for Oklahoma Governor in the 2010 election. During his campaign, he called for the establishment of a state militia to defend Oklahoma from the federal government.[2] He was defeated in his bid for the Republican nomination by Congresswoman Mary Fallin. Fallin received 55% of the vote and Brogdon 39%.

In 2011, Brogdon joined the Oklahoma Department of Insurance after being appointed by Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak as Deputy Commissioner of Fraud and Investigations Unit. This appointment caused some initial controversy after his appointment was challenged as unconstitutional; however, the Oklahoma Attorney General in years past has issued opinions that defend appointments similar to Brogdon's.

In April 2015, Brogdon was elected as state party chairman for the Oklahoma Republican Party defeating incumbent Dave Weston and OFRW President, Pam Pollard. In July of that year, he pointed out that federal food aid to poor people was akin to feeding the animals in that the recipients "will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves." [2] In September 2015 Brogdon resigned as Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party[3]

Senate Committees[edit]

2009-2010

  • Appropriations
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation - Chair
  • Business and Labor
  • Energy and Environment - Vice Chair
  • Transportation

2007-2008

  • Appropriations
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation - Co-Chair
  • Business and Labor
  • Energy and Environment
  • Transportation

2005-2006

  • Appropriations
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
  • Business and Labor
  • Energy and Environment
  • Retirement and Group Health
  • Transportation

2003-2004

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Appropriations
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services
  • Business and Labor
  • Tourism and Wildlife
  • Transportation

Election results[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet Randy Brogdon". Brogdon for Governor. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Oklahoma City - Republican Party Chairman Compares Food-Stamp Recipients To Wild Animals". Vos Is Neias?. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Oklahoma Republican Chairman to resign after 5 month term". Retrieved 2 November 2015. 

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