John Sparks' roots run deeply in Oklahoma. Raised in Sulphur near his family's
ranch, which was founded before statehood, John remains actively involved in
family ranching. He attended Harvard College where he was an All Ivy League
defensive tackle and also served as an intern for then Senator David Boren.
After receiving his degree, John returned home, earning a law degree from the
University of Oklahoma.
Upon graduation from law school, John's strong attraction to public service took
him to Washington, DC, where he served as a legislative aide to Oklahoma
Congressman Bill Brewster. John spent over a year serving the people of
Oklahoma, working on issues such as the environment, defense, agriculture,
international trade and Native American affairs.
Committed to improving Oklahoma, John again returned home to begin his legal
career. Most of his legal career, including time with the law firms of Crowe &
Dunlevy and Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom, has been spent in the health care
sector. John is now a founding partner of the Odom, Sparks & Jones law firm.
Even as a busy professional, John understands the importance of a strong
community and has served as President of both the Cleveland County Bar
Association, the Cleveland County Workforce Investment Board and as a member of
the boards of Health for Friends and the Thunderbird Clubhouse, which supports
adults recovering from mental illness in Cleveland and McClain Counties. He is
also a dedicated volunteer with the United Way of Norman.
He continues to be an active member of the Sooner Rotary Club, as well as a
member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. Following a long family tradition,
John is a member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Oklahoma Cattleman's
John was elected to represent Cleveland and McClain counties in the Oklahoma
Senate in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010. With the University of Oklahoma
located in his Senate district, John has been a strong supporter of Oklahoma’s
colleges and universities, and has been recognized in his first term as the
Higher Education Association’s Newcomer of the Year. He has also been honored by
the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association as Legislator of the Year for his work on
behalf of ranchers.
He currently serves as
Democratic Floor Leader
and Vice Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee. Besides his standing committee assignments,
he was appointed in 2011 to serve on the Senate Redistricting Committee as well
as the Select Committee on Pensions to address the more than $16 billion in
unfunded liabilities of the state's pension systems.
John and his wife, Elizabeth Sneed Sparks, are raising their two sons in Norman
where they have lived since college. They are active members of McFarlin
Memorial United Methodist Church and have served the church in numerous
capacities, including the Administrative Board.
|Senator John Sparks
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 519
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Executive Assistant: Amy Hicks
District Information: District 16
Zip codes Represented
- 73026, 73051, 73068, 73069,
73071, 73072, and 74878.
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