Todd Thomsen

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Todd Thomsen
Todd Thomsen.jpg
Oklahoma State Representative
In office
2007 – Present
Preceded by Bob Plunk
Constituency 25th House District
Personal details
Born (1967-06-24) June 24, 1967 (age 46)
Oklahoma
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melanie Thomsen
Children Menee
Aneli
Tyde
Towan
Tal (deceased)
Residence Ada, Oklahoma
Alma mater University of Oklahoma

Todd M. Thomsen (born June 24, 1967) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Thomsen currently serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as the Majority Whip and represents a district that includes parts of Hughes, McClain, Pontotoc, and Pottawatomie counties.

First elected to office in 2006, he will be term limited in 2018.

Early life and career[edit]

Thomsen was a punter and kicker for the Oklahoma Sooners, University of Oklahoma's football team, from 1985 to 1988 and was part of OU's 1985 national championship team.[1] He graduated with Bachelor's degree in 1989."He is an amazing father, husband, and representative and butcher of the living" quotes his daughter Aneli Thomsen (13) "And always will be".[2] He currently serves as Coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.[2]

Political career[edit]

Thomsen was elected in 2006 after he won against Democrat Darrell Nemecek by two votes.[1][3][4] In 2008, Thomsen ran for reelection "in order to continue working to improve education, keep taxes low, and represent conservative values in the Legislature".[5] He was reelected in November 2008 and currently serves in the House as a member of the House Education Committee, and the chair of the House Higher Education and Career Tech Committee.[6]

He has proposed and supported antievolution resolutions in Oklahoma.[7] In 2009 he gained international attention when he introduced House Resolution 1014 and 1015 on March 9, 2009 opposing University of Oklahoma's invitation of evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins.[8][9][10] Subsequently, Dawkins spoke before a crowd in McCasland Field House at the university about the proposal and said "I am aware that representative Todd Thomsen is not representative of the state of Oklahoma".[11] With the adjournment of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in May 2009, the Resolutions are presumably dead.[12]

In March 2009, Thomsen was appointed to the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Advisory Committee whose purpose "is to enhance scientific and engineering research and development conducted at universities in the state and by doing so enhance the success of Oklahoma researchers in federal award competitions through a partnership of higher education institutions, independent research entities, industry and state government."[13]

Election history[edit]

Results from the Oklahoma State Election Board.[14]
November 7, 2006, Election results for Oklahoma State Representative for District 25
Candidates Party Votes %
  Todd Thomsen Republican Party 4,798 50%
  Darrell Nemecek Democratic Party 4,796 50%
Source: [1]
November 4, 2008, Election results for Oklahoma State Representative for District 25
Candidates Party Votes %
  Todd Thomsen Republican Party 7,187 53%
  Gary Starns Democratic Party 6,473 47%
Source: [2]

District[edit]

Oklahoma House District 25 encompasses much of Pontotoc County and portions of McClain County and Pottawatomie County. The biggest city in the district is Ada, Oklahoma.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State House candidate to seek recount of two-vote loss". USA Today. 11/9/2006. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Representative Todd Thomsen (OK)". Vote Smart. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ "State Single votes add up to win elections". Edmond Sun. Nov 11, 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  4. ^ Mock, Jennifer (Nov 23, 2006). "Recount winner sworn in". Daily Oklahoman. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Thomsen to run again". Ada Evening News. Jun 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Oklahoma House of Representatives Listing". Oklahoma House of Representatives. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Antievolution resolutions introduced in Oklahoma". National Center for Science Education. March 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Dawkins lecture draws thousands at OU". Norman Transcript. March 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  9. ^ "Darwin backer’s talk draws foes". The Oklahoman. March 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  10. ^ "State lawmaker files evolution resolutions". Tulsa World. March 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  11. ^ "Richard Dawkins at the University of Oklahoma - Introduction". Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. March 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  12. ^ "Antievolution resolutions dead in Oklahoma". National Center for Science Education. May 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  13. ^ "Thomsen appointed to EPSCoR advisory committee". Ada Evening News. March 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  14. ^ 2006 Election Statistics and 2008 Election Statistics from the Oklahoma State Election Board

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