Rep. Sanders announces bid for House re-election

State Representative Mike Sanders has officially launched his reelection campaign, saying there is still much work to be done on behalf of the people of District 59.

“It has been an honor to represent District 59,” Sanders said. “Together, we have successfully strengthened the rural economy, reduced the size of government, enhanced public safety and improved the business climate.”

Sanders has served in House Leadership under various Speakerships and after his re-elected in 2012, he was elected by his peers of the House Republican Caucus to remain in Leadership as one of the Assistant Majority Whips, a position he has held since his election in 2008.

Sanders has had the privilege of serving as Chairman of the reputable Appropriations Subcommittee onTransportation. “Well-kept bridges and roads attract commercial and economic activity to our state and increases the safety of motorists,” said Sanders. In addition to his Chairman position, Sanders currently serves on the Agriculture & Wildlife, Energy & Aerospace and Appropriations & Budget Committees.

In his years in the Legislature, Mike has served as the vice chair of the Human Services Committee, focusing on reforming the Department of Human Services. “As a father, I have a passion for giving Oklahoma’schildren the best we have to offer,” he said. “We have taken some big steps in the right direction, but we must continue to strengthen the DHS system with improved transparency, accountability and oversight. ‘Mediocre’ is not good enough; only ‘excellence’ will do.” For his distinguished service on behalf of children and families in Oklahoma, he was honored with the 2013 Outstanding Elected Official Award by the State Interagency Child Abuse Prevention Task Force.

Sanders has made Oklahoma’s children a top priority and has authored several measures to ensure their protection. House Bill 3049 will prevent sex offenders from living with minor children outside of their immediate family. HB 2968, which is now law, requires sex offenders use a physical address, as opposed to a post office box, to ensure they do not live near a school or daycare.

A native of Kingfisher, Sanders understands the issues that are important to northwestern Oklahoma.

“I grew up in western Oklahoma, and I am determined to ensure prosperity for the future,” he said. “We must protect free enterprise so our small businesses canthrive, reject overreaching federal mandates like those found in ObamaCare, and we must continue to preserve our agricultural heritage by supporting agribusiness.”

"I have authored legislation to ensure our volunteer and rural fire departments have the tools for effective training to meet the needs of our communities. All of these pieces of legislation have direct impacts in northwestern Oklahoma," Sanders said.

Before winning election to the House in 2008, Sanders worked for various campaigns. After making an impression on the George W. Bush campaign, he was invited to join the administration of President Bush as Director of Interns at The White House. While there, Sanders managed over 1,000 interns and put policies and procedures in place that returned the program to a position of prominence.

Sanders continued his public service as Deputy Chief of Staff for Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he coordinated communications between the director and the agency’s 47 state directors. He also served as a liaison between the Secretary, Under Secretary and various other offices within the USDA.

Sanders also served as Senior Advisor to the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)and had the honor of serving on the Council for Small Business for Governor Frank Keating and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin from 1999-2003.

Sanders and his wife, Nellie, have two young sons, Davis and Walker. The family resides in Kingfisher, where Sanders works in his family’s funeral service business.

“I will continue to roll up my sleeves and work forDistrict 59,” Sanders said.

The primary election for state House will be June 24th.

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