State Senator Johnnie Crutchfield is seeking a third term in the Oklahoma senate. The democrat from Ardmore made the announcement on Tuesday.
Crutchfield represents district 14, which includes Carter, Love and Murray counties and the southern tip of Garvin county.
He currently serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The following is a media release from his office:
Senator Johnnie Crutchfield announced today that he will seek a third term in the Oklahoma State Senate. Crutchfield, a Democrat from Ardmore, is chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
"I want to continue to represent the people of Senate District 14 and their interests at the State Capitol. Southern Oklahoma plays an important role in Oklahoma's energy and tourism industries and I will fight to bring more jobs and better educational opportunities to our communities,"
the Senator said.
Crutchfield represents Senate District 14, which includes all of Carter, Love and Murray Counties and the southern portion of Garvin County.
He was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. He came to the legislature with extensive experience in local government, first as a city councilman, and then as mayor of Ardmore.
Crutchfield, a long-time teacher and school administrator, is a strong supporter of education. He continues to push for additional funding for public schools, Oklahoma's CareerTech system and the state's colleges and universities.
"We can make no greater investment in the future of our state than to invest in the education of our youth," Crutchfield said.
During his first seven years in the Legislature, Crutchfield has often sponsored legislation in support of Southern Oklahoma's energy industry. Carter County is the No. 1 oil-producing county in the state and last year Crutchfield authored a measure that offers incentives for oil production from small-producing wells, which abound in Southern Oklahoma.
Also in 2005, Crutchfield worked to secure permanent funding for the Heartland Flyer, which provides daily passenger rail service from Southern Oklahoma to both Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.
The Senator also played a key role in the 2003 passage of legislation that allowed the Michelin Tire Plant in Ardmore to retool, ensuring the financial viability of the facility and the jobs it provides.
Crutchfield has carried legislation to enlarge the educational opportunities at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur and bring the pay and benefits packages for its teachers in line with those offered at public schools.
In addition to chairing the Appropriation Committee, Crutchfield is also a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development, Education, Energy and Environment, Rules, Transportation, and Veterans and Military Affairs Committees.
Serving on the Veterans and Military Affairs allows Senator Crutchfield to better represent the veteran's centers in Ardmore and Sulphur.
During his time in the Senate, Crutchfield has been honored with numerous awards. In 2001, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). He was honored again in 2002, when the Oklahoma State Troopers Association named him Legislator of the Year. He won the 2005 Pioneer Award in Agriculture and Plant Sciences from the Noble Foundation.
Crutchfield was also recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association in 2005 and was the winner of the 2005 Oklahoma Library Association Bill Lowery Library Champion Award.
He serves on various boards and is a member of several associations including the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and the Texas and Southwestern Cattleraisers Association. He is a lifetime member of the NRA, 32nd Degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason and India Shrine.
Crutchfield and wife Kipp have been married 40 years and have two daughters, Kristi and Candice