Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 18, 2009
Sen. Brian Bingman
Senate Honors Life and Career of Sen. John Young
The state Senate on Monday approved a resolution
praising the life and career of the late Sen. John Young. Young,
who served as a state Senator from 1964 until 1986, died in January
at the age of 85.
Brian Bingman authored Senate Resolution 55 praising Sen.
Young for his numerous contributions to the state.
“From his service in the Navy to his 22-year
tenure in the state Senate, Sen. Young’s life was devoted
to serving his community and the state of Oklahoma,” said
Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “His long and distinguished career contributed
greatly to the betterment of our state. Today, we celebrate his
career, his numerous accomplishments and his legacy of public
Young received his undergraduate degree from Tulsa
University in 1946 and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma
in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was elected
to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1964, where he served until 1986.
Bingman noted that Sen. Young’s Senate tenure was marked
by his fervent support for reforming state government, including
reforms of the judicial system and state and teacher retirement
Sen. Young’s wife Claudeen, and sons John
Mark, David Lee and Brad were present in the Senate Chamber for
the presentation of SR 55. Bingman noted that Claudeen Young was
his kindergarten teacher.
John Mark Young thanked the Senate for honoring
“We appreciate the honor you’ve bestowed
upon my dad,” he said. “Looking back on his 22 years
in the Legislature, the hallmark of his service was his compassion
for the common man. That’s the legacy he’s passed
on to the rest of us and we hope that you would recognize this
Sen. Young was the founder of Freedom House, a ministry
of Teen Challenge, for women with life-challenging problems. He
crusaded to transform Creek County into a “drug free”
area, and regularly visited inmates in the Creek County Justice
Center twice a week. He and his wife ministered together in churches
and hospitals, sharing encouragement, helping those in need and
praying for the sick.
He was also active in the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce,
Lions, Round-Up Club, American Legion, Friends of the Library
and the Sapulpa Historical Society.
For more information contact:
Sen. Bingman's Office - 405-521-5528