Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 19, 2011
Sen. Jim Reynolds
Senator Reynolds prepares for new public service role
State Sen. Jim
Reynolds has submitted his resignation from the State Legislature,
effective July 1. Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, will begin his first
term as Cleveland County Treasurer the first week of July after
winning the post in the November 2010 election. Reynolds has represented
the people of Cleveland and Oklahoma counties in Senate District
43 since 2000.
“I am thankful to God, my family and friends who believed
in me when I chose to run for office 11 years ago, and to the people
of Senate district 43 who gave me the opportunity to represent them,”
“Early in my career a family friend approached my father
asking him to persuade me on a particular issue. After much prodding,
my father simply said, ‘No I won’t tell Jim how he should
vote. He will do the right thing.’ Those words were the basis
and challenge for me during my Senate career. Simply do the right
thing, let my word always be true,” Reynolds said.
This session was a great ending to Reynolds’ career. His
11 year effort to curtail property tax growth is now close to reality.
In the next general election the voters of Oklahoma will have the
opportunity to curb future tax assessments by up to 40% thanks to
legislation he authored. In addition, Reynolds authored legislation
to simplify financial reporting requirements for counties. SB 130,
which was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, will save Cleveland County
alone an estimated $750,000.
Reynolds worked on various issues throughout his career, leading
efforts to provide non- emergency stretcher transportation during
his first year in office. He also championed victims’ rights,
winning passage for “Taylor’s Law” requiring courts
to allow immediate family members of a murder victim to wear photo
buttons of their loved one in the courtroom.
“Most of the issues I’ve worked on throughout my career
were from constituents’ walking into my office with a problem
and nowhere to turn,” Reynolds said. “Legislation like
Taylor’s Law will never apply to most people, but for those
seeking justice for a loved one, it means the world,” Reynolds
Among the most profound experiences he had in the Senate was his
work with the survivors of the USS Oklahoma, spearheading what became
a national effort to secure a permanent memorial at Pearl Harbor.
“Working with Ed Vezey and Paul Goodyear, heroes by all accounts,
changed the direction of my career”. Reynolds went on to chair
the Veterans and Military Affairs committee the last five years.
“It isn’t an exaggeration to say that many of the causes
I’ve taken on these past eleven years have been nothing short
of life-changing. It is simply a privilege to be in a position to
help people,” Reynolds said. “I will always be thankful
for these years as I look forward to beginning my service as Treasurer
for the people of Cleveland County.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Reynolds: (405) 521-5522