Thursday, December 06, 2018

Last 'Little Dixie' Democrat legislator switches to GOP

The death of the Democratic Party in rural Oklahoma continues:


Rep. Johnny Tadlock Announces Changing Party Affiliation

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Johnny Tadlock today announced he is changing his political party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

“This to me is not at all about party affiliation,” said Tadlock, from Idabel. “This is about representing the people who live in my district to the best of my ability and making sure their voice is heard at the state Capitol. To do this, I feel I would have better success in the majority party. I have not changed my beliefs. As a Democrat, I was endorsed by the National Rifle Association. I have always been pro-life. I have cared about safe and decent roads and bridges, public safety, free and fair public education and health care that reaches those in the rural communities. These are still the issues with which I will be concerned.”

Tadlock represents House District 1, which serves part of LeFlore and all of McCurtain counties in SE Oklahoma. He was first elected to serve in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2014. He has served on the following committees: Agriculture and Rural Development; County and Municipal Government; General Government Oversight and Accountability; Judiciary and the House Special Investigation Committee.

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