Senator Ron Sharp - District 17
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Occupation: Retired teacher
Education: Southeastern State College, B.A.; University of Central Oklahoma, M.Ed; Kensington University/University of California, Ph.D
Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 2012 - present
Hometown: Shawnee
Party: Republican

Ron 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 Oklahoma.

He completed his Doctorate from the University of Kensington in 1989, with a degree in Public School Administration and Finance.

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 Tennis Association.

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 Staff.

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 on Education.


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Capitol Address
Senator Ron Sharp
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 429
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5539
Executive Assistant: Cindy Sullivan

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District Information: District 17

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Zip codes Represented

  • 73013, 73020, 73045, 73049, 73054, 73066, 73121, 73130, 73131, 73141, 73150, 73151, 74801, 74804, 74851, 74855, and 74857.

Counties Represented:

  • Oklahoma
  • Pottawatomie

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