Sean Burrage

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Sean Burrage
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Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader
Assumed office
January 15, 2012
Preceded by Andrew Rice
State Senator from Oklahoma's 2nd State Senate district
Assumed office
November 2006
Preceded by Stratton Taylor
Personal details
Born (1968-04-20) April 20, 1968 (age 48)
Durant, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carole Burrage
Residence Claremore, Oklahoma
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Profession Attorney
Religion United Methodist

Sean Burrage was named President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant, Oklahoma) on May 15, 2014, by the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents. He began his duties on July 1, 2014. A Durant native, Burrage completed his second term as an Oklahoma State Senator (District 2) in May 2014. He did not seek a third term in office.

On July 7, 2014, an overflow crowd officially welcomed Burrage to Durant with a reception at the Choctaw Event Center. Among those in attendance were numerous elected officials, higher education regents and presidents, business leaders, and university and community representatives. Burrage is a member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Burrage serves as Vice Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Council of Presidents (Oklahoma). He is also Vice Chairman of Imagine Durant.

Burrage received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to serving in the state senate, he served as former U.S. Senator David L. Boren’s legislative director in Washington, D.C., and as special assistant and director of state and federal relations at the University of Oklahoma.

Early life and career[edit]

Both Burrage and his wife received their undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He served the State of Oklahoma as former U.S. Senator David L. Boren’s Legislative Director in Washington, D.C., and continued his public service as Special Assistant and Director of State and Federal Relations to Boren after he became president of the University of Oklahoma.

Burrage is a past board member of the University Hospitals Authority at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, and currently serves as a member of the OU-Tulsa President's Cabinet.

Burrage played an active role in the communities of Rogers and Mayes counties by serving on the board of directors for Tri-County CASA and as President of Share the Spirit, a local charity that has helped many families. He was named Tri-County CASA Attorney of the Year in 2001 in recognition for his pro-bono representation of minor children in the juvenile court system.

Personal life[edit]

Sean and Carole Burrage have been married 22 years and have two sons, Truman, 19, and Carter, 11. They made their home in Claremore for 18 years, where Sean practiced law and Carole served on the faculty of Rogers State University prior to becoming a stay-at-home Mom. Sean is the son of former United States District Judge Michael Burrage and Aletha Burrage, an elementary school principal. He is also the nephew of former State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage.

Political career[edit]

Burrage represented Oklahoma Senate District 2 beginning in 2006. The district is located in Rogers and Mayes County.

Burrage served as the Senate Minority Floor Leader.

Law practice[edit]

Burrage was a partner in the Claremore, Oklahoma law firm of Taylor, Burrage, Foster, Mallett, Downs, Ramsey & Russell. He is member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma. He is the past President of the Rogers County Bar Association, is a member of the American Bar Association, and currently serves as an Associate Bar Examiner. He has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer and is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America.

Burrage was co-lead counsel in the I-40 bridge cases in Oklahoma and has represented numerous corporate clients in defense matters in state and federal courts throughout Oklahoma. Burrage's published opinions include the following:

Magnolia Marine Transport Co. v. OK, 366 F.3d 1153 (10th Cir. Okla., 2004).

In re B.C., 15 P.3d 8 (Okla. Civ. App. 2000).

Election results[edit]

November 7, 2006 General Election [1]

Candidate Votes %
  Sean Burrage 13,673 57.94%
  Ami Shaffer 9,926 42.06%


  1. ^ "2006 General Results". State Election Board. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 

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