Three candidates with Oklahoma Farm Bureau ties were elected Tuesday to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate. Roland Pederson, longtime OKFB member and former state board member, Lonnie Paxton, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company agent, and Chris Kidd, OKFB vice president of membership and organization, each overwhelmingly won their respective races.
“As Oklahomans become further removed from the farm, we must have elected leaders who value our farmers and ranchers,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “We are proud of Roland, Chris and Lonnie, and know they will fight for agriculture at the state Capitol.”
Burlington native Roland Pederson was elected to serve Senate District 19. A second-generation farmer, Pederson has produced cattle, wheat and alfalfa for the past 40 years.
Lonnie Paxton defeated opponent Larry Wasson in the Senate District 23 race. An insurance agent for 18 years, Paxton also farms and is a small business owner.
Chris Kidd was chosen to serve southwestern Oklahoma’s Senate District 31. Before beginning his eight-year career with OKFB, Kidd taught agricultural education at Waurika High School. The Waurika native also raises cattle with his father on the family’s southern Oklahoma ranch.
All three candidates were supported and endorsed by the OKAgFund, OKFB’s political action committee. Below, find a list of additional successful OKAgFund-supported candidates.
Larry Boggs, Senate District 7
Rob Standridge, Senate District 15
Adam Pugh, Senate District 41
Greg Treat, Senate District 47
State House of Representatives
John Bennett, House District 2
Todd Thomsen, House District 25
Kevin Wallace, House District 32
Sean Roberts, House District 36
Leslie Osborn, House District 47
Scott Biggs, House District 51
Casey Murdock, House District 61
John Michael Montgomery, House District 62
Jeff Coody, House District 63
Scooter Park, House District 65
Scott Inman, House District 94
Elise Hall, House District 100
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