Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: June 6, 2017
Sen. Dan Newberry
Sen. Dan Newberry resigns Senate seat to pursue professional
CITY – Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, is resigning his seat to pursue a promotion
in his professional career. Newberry’s resignation will be effective January 31,
2018. The governor must set a date for a special election to replace Newberry.
been a true honor to serve as the senator from District 37. I want to thank my
wife, my children, family and friends for their unwavering support during my
service in the Senate,” Newberry said. “Just as importantly, I want to thank
the citizens of District 37 for placing your trust in me to represent you at the
Capitol for nearly 10 years.
was first elected as senator from District 37 in 2008, and was re-elected in
2012 and 2016. He and his wife, Laura, have four children: Claire, Paige, Eva
and Alex. Newberry is an executive at the Tulsa Teachers’ Credit Union.
his time in the Senate, Newberry was known as a conservative champion and an
advocate for small business, most recently serving as chairman of the Business,
Commerce and Tourism Committee.
wasn’t an easy decision to make—however, Laura and I have made the difficult but
necessary decision to focus on the needs of our family. While we are optimistic
about this new chapter in our lives, we are equally excited for the State of
Oklahoma,” Newberry said. “I am certain the people of District 37 will choose a
wise leader to help steward this great state to a prosperous future. I will
miss serving in the senate, but will work with my successor to ensure a smooth
transition and uninterrupted representation for the district.”
said he’d miss the many friends he made during his time in the upper chamber of
the State Legislature.
say without any hesitation that the men and women serving in the Oklahoma Senate
– regardless of their party affiliation – are some of the most honorable and
dedicated public servants who work each day to make Oklahoma an even better
place. I will miss my Senate family, but will be praying and cheering them on as
they continue to make Oklahoma the best place to work, live, and play.”
led recent reforms of the state’s unemployment benefits program, lowering
unemployment taxes paid by Oklahoma employers. The reforms also strengthened the
state’s workforce system and unemployment insurance trust fund which assisted in
keeping unemployment low during the recent recession.
received multiple awards from Americans United for Life and Oklahomans for Life
for authoring legislation which protects the sanctity of human life at all
stages. He established the Gold Star Medal of Honor, which is given to the
spouse or family members of an American soldier killed in action since 9/11. The
Oklahoma Farm Bureau named him a member of the prestigious “100 Percent Club,”
and the Oklahoma State Chamber honored him with the Guardian of Free Enterprise
award for championing the economic development and growth of business in our
For more information, contact:
Sen. Newberry: (405) 521-5600