President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2019
Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat
Oklahoma Senate leaders announce bipartisan effort to encourage U.S.
Both Republicans and Democrats in the Oklahoma Senate are joining the
effort to get a full count in Oklahoma in the 2020 Census.
Senate President Pro Tempore
Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City,
and Senate Minority Leader
Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City,
announced on Wednesday that the Senate is forming a 2020 Complete
The U.S. Census Bureau encourages state and local governments, as well
as community, business and faith leaders to form Complete Count
committees to promote, through a variety of activities, the importance
of a full and complete count in the census. Census data drives the
distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds every year for
infrastructure, including transportation, as well as education
programs, health care and more.
“It is incredibly important that each Oklahoman be counted in the 2020
Census. Increasing our participation rate in the census will provide a
more accurate count and has the potential to increase the federal
dollars for transportation, education, health care, and other
important programs in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Senate and its members
will work to encourage higher participation in the 2020 Census through
the Complete Count Committee,” Treat said.
In 2010, Oklahoma’s census participation rate was just 75.5 percent.
In Texas, the participation rate was 76.5 percent; in Arkansas, the
participation rate was 77 percent; while in Kansas, the participation
rate was 81.2 percent.
“A complete census count of all Oklahomans is critical for the future
of our state,” Floyd said. “When Oklahoma taxpayers send their
hard-earned dollars to Washington, they expect to receive a fair share
of funding from federal programs in return, but that is not possible
without an accurate census count in Oklahoma. This is why members of
the Oklahoma Senate are working together on a bipartisan effort to
encourage our constituents to participate in the 2020 Census.”
In Fiscal Year 2016, Oklahoma received more than $9.3 billion through
55 federal programs guided by 2010 census data. It is estimated that
every person not counted in the census costs the state approximately
$1,800 per year in lost federal funding for 10 years. An undercount of
just 2 percent could cost the state up to $1.8 billion over a decade.
Census Day will be April 1, 2020, but Oklahoma residents can
self-respond to the 2020 Census beginning in early March 2020, via the
Internet, by phone, by traditional paper census questionnaire, or
in-person with a U.S Census Bureau employee. The U.S. Constitution
mandates a full count of the population in Article 1, Section 2.
Decennial census counts are used when determining how to allocate
For more information, check out the following links from the U.S.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: 405-521-5565