Rodger Randle

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Rodger Randle
Randle-Roger 1971 House Dist 75.jpg
Rodger Randle, 1971, representing House District 75
President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate
In office
1985–1988
Preceded by Marvin York
Succeeded by Robert V. Cullison
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
In office
1972–1988
Succeeded by Penny Williams
Constituency 33rd
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
1970–1972
Personal details
Born (1943-10-26) October 26, 1943 (age 74)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Tulsa, Oklahoma

Rodger Allen Randle (born October 26, 1943) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. He served twice as President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate and was a member of the Oklahoma Senate from 1972 to 1988.[1] He also served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1970-1972 and as mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1988-1992.[1]

After concluding his term as mayor of Tulsa, Randle went to work in academia, when he was offered the presidency of the University Center at Tulsa, in 1992. This was the forerunner of Rogers University, initially headquartered in Tulsa. He resigned this position in 1998, when Rogers reorganized and moved its headquarters to Claremore. He then joined the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa, where he holds the rank of Professor. He is also currently Professor and Director of the Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture.

Early life[edit]

Randle was born in Tulsa and graduated from Tulsa Public Schools.[2] He attended the University of Oklahoma and earned a law degree from the University of Tulsa.[2]

In the mid 1960s, Randle served in the Peace Corps in Brazil.[2]

Political career[edit]

Rodger Randle, 1977 Oklahoma Senate photo

Randle was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1970 and to the Oklahoma Senate in 1972.[1] He was elected by his peers to serve as President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate twice.[1] Following his departure from the state legislature in 1988, he was elected as Tulsa's mayor.

As mayor, Randle led the effort in 1989 to change Tulsa's charter to create a mayor-council form of government.[3] The campaign was successful, where four previous attempts in 35 years to make this change had failed.[4]

Post politics[edit]

In 1992, he left the political life and accepted an appointment as president of the University Center at Tulsa, which was later renamed Rogers University. Rogers University reorganized in 1998 and decided to move its headquarters to Claremore. Desiring to remain in his hometown, Randle resigned the presidency, and accepted a position as Professor in the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma. He teaches and offices in Tulsa, and he also holds the title of Professor and Director of the Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture (CSDC).[4]

Personal[edit]

Roger Randle is married to the former Judith Otterstrom. They have one son. She was formerly the Book Editor for the Tulsa World, but now serves as Chairman of the Tulsa City-County Library Board.[4]

Randle serves as the Honorary British Consul for Oklahoma, a position to which he was appointed in 2005.[4]

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