Tom Adelson

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Tom Adelson
Sen. Tom Adelson
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 33rd district
In office
November 2004 – November 2012
Preceded by Penny Williams
Succeeded by Nathan Dahm
Oklahoma Secretary of Health
In office
Governor Brad Henry
Preceded by Howard Hendrick
As Secretary of Health and Human Services
Succeeded by Terry Cline
Personal details
Born 1965
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Spouse(s) Julie Adelson
Residence Tulsa, Oklahoma
Alma mater Stanford University,
Dedman School of Law
Profession attorney,
public administration
Religion Judaism[1]

Tom Adelson is an American politician from Oklahoma. He was an Oklahoma State Senator representing the 33 Senate District, located in Tulsa County, from 2004 to 2012. Adelson is a Democrat who was first elected in 2004. Prior to his election, Adelson served Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry's first Oklahoma Secretary of Health from 2003 to 2004.

Adelson was the Democratic nominee for mayor of Tulsa in the 2009 election, but lost the general election to Republican nominee Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.


Before running for the state senate, Adelson served as Oklahoma's Secretary of Health under Governor Brad Henry. He is an adjunct teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, where he teaches political philosophy. He has four children: Emily, Andrew, Sam and Jack. His father is Dr. Stephen Adelson, a Tulsa pediatrician. He graduated from Edison High School, Stanford University and SMU's Dedman School of Law.

State senate[edit]

Adelson was first elected in 2004 to replace outgoing Senator Penny Williams. He defeated Republican Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. by less than 1,000 votes. During the 2007 session, Adelson passed notable health care legislation. Adelson's 'All Kids Act' covers children whose families' income is between 185 and 300 percent more than the federal poverty rate.[2] The expanded Medicaid coverage would help about 42,000 children in Oklahoma gain access to health care. The program signed into law by Governor Henry will be funded by revenue from the increase in the tobacco tax.[3]

Leadership roles[edit]

In January 2009, Adelson was an Assistant Minority Floor Leader. He is a member of the Business and Labor Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Health and Human Services Committees.

On April 12, 2012, Adelson announced that he will not run for re-election when his current term expires.[4]

2009 Tulsa mayoral election[edit]

On July 1, 2009, Adelson announced his candidacy for mayor of Tulsa, after current Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) decided not to seek re-election.[5] Adelson was considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, while 11 candidates sought the Republican nomination, including Dewey F. Bartlett Jr., whom Adelson had narrowly beat in the 2004 state senate election.[6] On September 8, 2009, Adelson received 94% of the vote in the Democratic primary, setting him up to face Bartlett (who got 54% of the Republican primary vote) and two independents in the November general election.[7] In the November 10 general election, Bartlett received about 45% of the vote to Adelson's 36% and 18% for independent Mark Perkins.[8]

Election results[edit]

2009 Tulsa mayoral election[edit]

2009 Tulsa Mayoral General Election November 10, 2009[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Adelson 24,211 36.34
Republican Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. 29,948 44.95
Independent Mark Perkins 11,913 17.88
Independent Lawrence Kirkpatrick 560 0.84
Total votes 66,843 100
Voter turnout 29.84%

Democratic Primary Election September 8, 2009 [10]

Candidate Votes %
  Tom Adelson 12,588 93.86%
  A. Burns 274 2.04%
  Paul C. Tay Jr. 192 1.43%
  Robert Arizona Gwin Jr. 190 1.42%
  Prophet Kelly Lamar Clark Sr. 168 1.25%

State senate elections[edit]

General Election November 4, 2008[11]

Candidate Votes %
  Tom Adelson 18,311 63.14%
  Gary Casey 10,688 36.86%

General Election November 2, 2004[12]

Candidate Votes %
  Tom Adelson 15,836 51.48%
  Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. 14,926 48.52%

Democratic Primary Election July 27, 2004

Candidate Votes %
  Tom Adelson 3,234 52.28%
  Tim Gilpin 2,952 47.72%


  1. ^ Juile Bisbee, "Ten Commandments plan advances in Oklahoma Senate", The Oklahoman, April 21, 2009.
  2. ^ Jennifer Mock (6/4/2007). "Governor signs health insurance bills". Oklahoman. Retrieved 2007-06-14.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Barbara Hoberock (6/5/2007). "Henry signs 2 health laws". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2007-06-14.  Check date values in: |date= (help)[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Tulsa senator says he won't seek re-election", Associated Press in The Oklahoman, April 12, 2012.
  5. ^ P.J. Lassek, "Democratic senator announces Tulsa mayoral candidacy", Tulsa World, July 1, 2009.
  6. ^ P.J. Lassek & Brian Barber, "GOP battle may mark race: Eleven candidates will face each other in the Republican mayoral primary", Tulsa World, July 19, 2009.
  7. ^ Brian Barber, "Bartlett, Adelson advance: Two candidates will join ballot with independents", Tulsa World, September 9, 2009.
  8. ^ Bartlett to be Tulsa's next mayor, Tulsa World, November 10, 2009.
  9. ^ "Election Results November 10, 2009 (Summary)" (PDF). Tulsa County Election Board. 2009-11-10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  10. ^ "2009 Primary Results" (PDF). Tulsa County Election Board. Retrieved 2009-09-09. [dead link]
  11. ^ "2008 General Results". State Election Board. Archived from the original on November 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  12. ^ "2004 General Results". State Election Board. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Howard Hendrick
As Secretary of Health and Human Services
Oklahoma Secretary of Health
Under Governor Brad Henry

Succeeded by
Terry Cline
Preceded by
Penny Williams
Oklahoma State Senator
Succeeded by
Nathan Dahm
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kathy Taylor
Democratic nominee for Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Succeeded by
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