John Sparks (Oklahoma politician) Article

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John Sparks
Sen John Sparks.jpg
Minority Leader of the Oklahoma Senate
In office
July 3, 2015 – November 16, 2018
Preceded by Randy Bass
Succeeded by Kim Floyd
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 16th district
Assumed office
February 6, 2006
Preceded by Cal Hobson
Personal details
Born (1947-02-16) February 16, 1947 (age 71)
Sulphur, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Beth
Education Harvard University ( BA)
University of Oklahoma ( JD)

John Sparks is the Oklahoma Senator representing District 16, which includes portions of Cleveland and McClain counties, since 2006. He was re-elected in 2010 defeating Sharon Parker 10,507 to 9,460 votes. [1] [2]

Having grown up on a ranch outside Sulphur, Oklahoma, Sparks has paid special attention to matters affecting ranching and the Oklahoma Cattleman's Association named him the legislator of the year on account of his work. [3]

Sparks made the headlines in late 2009 when he proposed a Second Amendment Weekend that would make handguns and rifles tax free. [4]

Electoral History

Oklahoma's 16th Senate District election, 2006
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Sparks 2,332 34.5
Democratic Tim Emrich 2,432 35.9
Democratic Derrick Ott 2,004 29.6
Runoff
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Sparks 3,173 50.6
Democratic Tim Emrich 3,097 49.4
General election
Democratic John Sparks 10,988 58.3
Republican Ron Davis 7,874 41.7
Oklahoma's 16th Senate District election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Sparks 10,507 52.3
Republican Sharon Parker 9,460 47.4

Sparks was unopposed in both the primary and general elections in 2014. [5]

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.ok.gov/elections/support/10gen.html
  2. ^ http://normantranscript.com/local/x176177478/Sparks-defeats-Parker[ permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.okcattlemen.org/ocashowsappreciationtosenatorjohnsparksandrepresentativephilrichardson.aspx
  4. ^ "Proposed Bill Would Offer Tax Breaks on Gun Purchases". KWTV-DT. 28 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Election Results". Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Oklahoma State Election Board. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
Oklahoma Senate
Preceded by
Randy Bass
Minority Leader of the Oklahoma Senate
2015–2018
Succeeded by
Kay Floyd