Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 21, 2016
Senator J.J. Dossett was sworn in by Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
during a ceremony held Thursday at the state Capitol in the Senate
J.J. Dossett becomes newest member of the
Oklahoma State Senate
Friends, family, and supporters looked on Thursday
as Senator-elect J.J. Dossett was officially sworn in to represent
District 34 in the Oklahoma State Senate. Dossett, D-Owasso, won
the seat in a special election held January 12, becoming the first
Democrat chosen to represent that district since 1990.
“I am extremely grateful for the support I received and for
the faith the citizens of District 34 have placed in me,”
Dossett said. “I don’t take it for granted, and I will
always endeavor to be the strongest voice possible for all those
I represent here in the Senate.”
Dossett, a teacher, coach, and combat veteran, grew up in Owasso
where both his parents were educators. He and his wife, Ashley,
also a teacher, have two sons and are expecting a third in February.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Dossett is a technical
sergeant in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He served two active
duty deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Senate Democratic Leader John Sparks said he was excited to welcome
Dossett to the Oklahoma Legislature.
“J.J. is a native of our state with strong Oklahoma values.
His life is about service to his family, his community, his state
and his country,” said Sparks, D-Norman. “I know he
will do an excellent job serving the people of District 34 as a
member of the Oklahoma State Senate.”
Dossett acknowledged with a looming shortfall for the 2017 budget
that could well exceed $1 billion, he knows his first session will
be a challenging one.
“We’re going to be faced with many tough decisions—but
at the end of the day, we have to recognize that Oklahoma’s
future prosperity is directly tied to the investments we make in
education. I’ve seen it first-hand as a teacher and that’s
something that will guide me throughout my service in the Senate.”
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