Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2015
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert administers the Oath
of Office to
Sen. Kevin Matthews who won the Senate District 11 seat in a special
Sen. Kevin Matthews poses alongside Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (L) and
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert (R).
Senator Kevin Matthews sworn into office
Former state Rep. Kevin
Matthews was sworn in Wednesday as the newest Senator to represent
Senate District 11 in Tulsa County. He began his legislative career
when he was elected to the House of Representatives in November
2012. Matthews’ Senate oath of office was administered by
the honorable Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert.
“It’s by the grace of God and my family, friends and
the many volunteers who gave so much of their time that I’m
here today. I’m so grateful for their unending encouragement
and support. I will continue to work tirelessly for them and those
in our society who are lost, overlooked or have been forgotten.
Everyone deserves to have a voice and I’m honored to be that
for them in the Oklahoma Legislature,” said Matthews, D-Tulsa.
“Although there is just over a month left in the legislative
session, I’m going to continue what I started in the House
while also focusing my attention on the major issues in the Senate.”
Sen. Matthews will be serving on the Appropriations Subcommittee
on General Government and Transportation as well as the Appropriations
Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He will also be a member
of the Senate Appropriations, General Government, Pensions, Transportation,
and Public Safety Committees.
Sen. Matthews, a long-time resident of the Tulsa area, graduated
in 1978 from Booker T. Washington High School, and attended Central
State University, where he pledged Phi Beta Sigma. He received a
degree in Fire Protection Technology and has served 25 years with
the Tulsa Fire Department. He retired in January 2010 as the Administrative
Fire Chief, Chief of Personnel.
During his career, Matthews completed the Middle Management Curriculum
at the National Fire Academy and the Executive Development Institute
at Dillard University. He also attended the 2012 Center for Advanced
Leadership Studies and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sen. Matthews is the proud, single parent of two grown sons, Kevin
Matthews II, 25, who is a graduate of Hampton University and “Teach
for America” participant in Dallas, Texas, and Sterling Matthews,
23, who is a Certified Medical Assistant and Spoken Word artist
who teaches the craft to local high school students.
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