Sharp is a native born and life-long resident of Oklahoma. Prior
to his 2012 election to the Oklahoma Senate, he was in public education
for 38 years, and taught one year in a private Christian school.
He received his Bachelors Degree in Social Studies
Secondary Education with dual minors in Business and Journalism
from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1974. During his
four years at SOSU, he played varsity tennis for N.A.I.A. All-American
tennis coaching legend, Clarence Dyer.
In 1979, Sharp received a Master's Degree in Education
with an Emphasis in Political Science from the University of Central
He completed his Doctorate from the University
of Kensington in 1989, with a degree in Public School Administration
In 2011, Sharp was selected as "Oklahoma State
Teacher of the Year" by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Ron was selected by his teaching peers as "Shawnee High School
Teacher of the Year" in 1994, 1996 and 1997.
The Masonic Lodge recognized him in 1997 as the
" Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Year".
In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed him to
serve as a member of the United States Selective Service Commission.
The term is generally 20 years, but can be extended by the President.
Ron is very proud of his Choctaw Native American
heritage. Chief Greenwood Leflore, his great-great-great grandfather,
signed the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, as the last Chief
of the Choctaw east of the Mississippi River prior to removal westward
to Oklahoma Indian Territory.
Sen. Sharp is a member of: the National Council
for the Social Studies; the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Foundation
for the U.S. Constitution; the Free Enterprise Institute; and the
Oklahoma Historical Society. Since 1983, he has completed tennis
instructor certification requirements of the United States Professional
As Shawnee High School tennis coach, Ron was selected
in 1979 as, "National High School Tennis Coach of the Year,
District 5". In 1987, he was selected as the "Prince All-American
Tennis Coach". He was also named six times as, "Oklahoma
Tennis Coach of the Year", and seven times received the, "Oklahoma
Tennis Coach's Achievement Award". In 1988, he was selected
by the Professional Tennis Registry and Vuarnet - France International
as, "One of the 50 Best Tennis Coaches In the World".
Sharp was also selected as the recipient for 18
consecutive years to, "Who’s Who Among America’s
Teachers". In 1998, the U.S. Congress bestowed on him the "United
States Congressional Award of Special Recognition for Outstanding
Service" in recognition of his many coaching and teaching accomplishments.
In 2004, Ron was selected by Marquis International
for induction in "Who Is Who In The World".
During his long professional education career,
Sen. Sharp has attended and instructed numerous seminars on school
curriculum, finance, and classroom discipline procedures. All of
this has helped prepare him for his Senate position on the Education
Committee. He has also conducted tennis coaching clinics throughout
the U.S. as a member of the Wilson Sports Professional Tennis Advisory
His father, Halbert Sharp, named after the famous
Choctaw historian Henry Sale Halbert, retired in 1980 as the Director
of the Marketing Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture.
His mother, Pauline, was a homemaker who raised four boys.
He is active in his home church, Liberty Baptist,
and is strongly pro-life, believing that society must defend the
right to life from the womb to the grave. He is a long-time member
of the NRA and the Sons of the American Revolution.
Besides serving as the Vice Chair of the Education
Committee, Sen. Sharp also serves on the full Appropriations, Energy
and Transportation Committees as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee
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Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Executive Assistant: Cindy Sullivan
District Information: District 17
Zip codes Represented
- 73013, 73020, 73045, 73049,
73054, 73066, 73121, 73130, 73131, 73141, 73150, 73151,
74801, 74804, 74851, 74855, and 74857.
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