Mike Announces Candidacy

Mike Sanders Announces for State Representative

Citing his experience in public service, Mike Sanders announced Monday his candidacy for state representative in House District 59.

“I have a passion to serve and a desire to make a difference for western Oklahoma. This is my home and where I was raised, and I very much enjoy serving my friends and neighbors. I am a committed conservative, a man of faith and have demonstrated responsibility and character throughout my career.”

“I am known as a hard-worker and I know that I can make a difference for our communities if I am elected,” Sanders said.

Sanders says he will work to reduce income taxes, support traditional family values, strengthen schools with higher standards, reform the workers compensation system and make roads and highways a priority. He is also committed to working towards a successful future for rural communities. “I am a fierce advocate for western Oklahoma, our heritage and our way of life,” he says.

Sanders had opportunities early in life to make a difference. He demonstrated leadership skills and proved that he is capable and responsible.

At a young age, he worked on President George W. Bush’s campaign. After demonstrating leadership and integrity, Sanders was charged with taking over as the Director of Interns for the Bush White House. In that time, he oversaw more than 1000 interns. He instituted new codes of conduct and new policies that returned stature to the program.

Sanders’ success led to more responsibility and more ability to make a difference for western Oklahoma. He was appointed by the President to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He coordinated and consulted with the agency’s 47 state directors and served as an official spokesman and as liaison between the under secretary and various offices within the USDA.

Sanders then became the Senior Advisor to the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service where he continued his work for rural Oklahoma.

Sanders was instrumental in helping to rebuild the 89er Theatre in Kingfisher. Not only did he usher the process through to completion on the ground, but he also was actively involved in bringing federal funding to the project.

Sanders is involved in the community through the Knights of Columbus #3113, Kingfisher Elks Lodge, and the NRA. He is also a lifetime member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and has served in many leadership positions with the Kingfisher County Republican Party, including serving as Chairman from 1999-2001.

Sanders also had the honor of serving on the Council for Small Business for Governor Frank Keating and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin from 1999-2003.

Sanders graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1993, and from Oklahoma Christian University in 1997 with a degree in History and Pre-Law. He currently works for the family business, Sanders Funeral Service and attends Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Sanders is engaged to be married to Nellie Tayloe Ross. They will be married in May.

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