Oklahoma state Sen. Clark Jolley, two Democrats enter congressional race

January 23, 2014
The Oklahoman
Randy Ellis

Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley announced Thursday he will join the growing list of candidates running for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City.

“Too much government, too much spending, too many taxes — they're all destroying our country, our freedoms and our way of life,” Jolley, 43, of Edmond, said at a news conference at the Oklahoma History Center.

“We need someone who will fight to repeal Obamacare, someone who will fight to lower high taxes and someone who will fight, just like Sen. Tom Coburn has, against wasteful spending that burdens not only this nation today, but future generations to come,” he said.

Jolley, who serves as chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, noted that the state's top income tax rate has been reduced from 7 percent to 5.25 percent during the nine years he has served in the state Senate. He said he plans to continue serving as Appropriations Committee chairman while running for office.

Two Democrats confirmed to The Oklahoman Thursday that they also have entered the race.