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,
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
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
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.
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 429
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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