Dave is honored to serve District 39, as 46 of his 62 years have
been within the boundaries of the District. From his elementary
school years at Benjamin Franklin, through Woodrow Wilson Junior
High, and then graduating from Will Rogers High School, Dave has
always been proud to call himself a Tulsan.
After graduating from high school, Dave continued to stay in Tulsa
to attend the University of Tulsa. There, he majored in Mechanical
Engineering and played football as a quarterback. After a brief
stint in the NFL, he worked as an engineer in New York City and
Still having the urge to be involved in football, Dave began coaching
college football in 1983 and would continue for 22 seasons covering
parts of 4 decades. Dave is best known for his 12 seasons as head
coach of the University of Tulsa. Other stops included the University
of Alabama, Mississippi State University, and the University of
Dave was recognized as one of the Young Oklahomans of the Year in
1989, and was awarded the NCAA District Coach of the Year honor
in 1991 after his Freedom Bowl Champion University of Tulsa team
finished 22nd in the national polls. ?He was appointed to the American
Football Coaches Association Ethics Committee, and served as the
representative of Independent Universities to the now defunct College
Football Association. His Tulsa teams consistently graduated at
a higher rate than the University body in general.
Outside of coaching, Dave has worked and works now in the energy
industry, mainly in the midstream sector. Additional experience
includes the IT industry, submersible pumps, and transportation.
Presently, Dave sits on the boards of John 3:16 Mission, Tulsa Public
Schools Athletics Hall of Fame, and Will Rogers High School Community
Foundation. Dave serves as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Tulsa,
and is Secretary of Oklahoma Former NFL Players Association. In
2008, Dave was awarded the Merv Johnson Integrity in Coaching Award
by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Oklahoma
Dave is honored to be a member of four Halls of Fame:
- Will Rogers High School
- Independence Bowl
- University of Tulsa Athletic (1991 Team)
- Tulsa Public Schools Athletic
Dave was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in November of 2016 and
presently serves as Vice Chair to the Senate Republican Caucus,
as well as Vice Chair to the Appropriations Committee. He sits on
the Finance Committee, Public Safety Committee, and Energy Committee.
In addition, Dave is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee
on Health and Human Services.
Dave was awarded 2018 Legislator of the Year by the Oklahoma Academy
of Family Physicians.
Dave is self-employed and lives in Tulsa with his wife of 40 years,
Janet. They have 3 children, and 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter;
Daniel married to Deidra with sons Jett, Jax, and Knox; Jordan married
to Emily with son J.D., daughter AnnaBelle, and son due March 2019;
and Kendal married to Michael McMahon with son Meyers.
Dave is an author and his book, Missing Playbook Page - Fundamentals
Behind the Physical, Mental, and Emotional Elements of Commitment,
was released Fall 2011.
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 237
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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District Information: District 39
Zip codes Represented
- 74105, 74112, 74114,
74115, 74129, 74133, 74135, 74136, 74137, and 74145.
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