Senator Kevin Matthews - District 11
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Senator Jabar Matthews

Occupation:  Retired Administrative Fire Chief               
Education:  Central State University  
Legislative Experience:  Oklahoma House, Nov. 2012 - Nov. 2014; Oklahoma Senate, Nov. 2014 - current 
Hometown:   Tulsa
Party: Democratic

Senator Kevin L. Matthews is Membership Chair of the 100 Black Men of Tulsa mentoring organization, and was a charter member of the North Tulsa Rotary Club. He attended Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma from 1978-1981, where he pledged Phi Beta Sigma. Sen. Matthews later earned a degree in Fire Protection Technology while serving 25 years on the Tulsa Fire Department. He retired in January 2010 as the Administrative Fire Chief (Chief of Personnel) of a 694-person Fire Department, with budget responsibility of approximately $52 million. During his career as a Chief Officer, he completed the four-year Middle Management Curriculum at the National Fire Academy, and the five-year Executive Development Institute at Dillard University.

Matthews was elected to public service as a State Representative in 2012 and sworn in to his first term with the Oklahoma House of Representatives on November 14th. He was then elected as a State Senator in April 2015. Prior to becoming an elected official, he was accepted into and graduated from the Center for Advanced Leadership and the Andrew Young School of Policy Council in Atlanta, Georgia. During Rep. Matthews’ first session as a legislator, he received ranking member status on Public Safety Appropriations & Budget, as well as Economic Development & Financial Services for the state. He also served on Insurance and States’ Rights committees as well.

While a State Representative, Matthews was accepted and attended the Darden School of Business Emerging Leaders (Executive Education) Program at the University of Virginia in July 2013. He was honored by the Speaker of the House who appointed him to national committees on Economic Development, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs with the Southern Legislative Conference. He had also been appointed to the National Conference of State Legislators standing committee on Labor and Economic Development which includes economic development, tourism, and international relations. In December 2013, Matthews was one of only 20 legislators chosen to attend a White House briefing in the West Wing of the Obama White House.

Matthews is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXVIII.

Senator Matthews became Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus in July 2015. The Senator now serves as the Democratic Caucus Vice Chair.

Senator Matthews is a native Tulsan, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1978 and is the proud father of two very successful young men, Kevin Matthews II, who is 27 years of age, a 2012 graduate of Hampton University, and “Teach for America” participant in Dallas; and Sterling Matthews, who is 25 years of age, and is a spoken word artist, and is currently working in Tulsa as a Certified Medical Assistant. The Senator is married to Debra Pearson Matthews.

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Committee Membership

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Office Information

Capitol Address
District Address
Senator Kevin Matthews
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 522A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5598
E-mail Senator Matthews
Executive Assistant: Gracie Monson
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District Information: District 11

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Zip codes Represented

  • 74103, 74104, 74106, 74110, 74112, 74115, 74117, 74119, 74120, 74126, 74127, and 74130.

Counties Represented

  • Osage
  • Tulsa

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