Rep. John Bennett announces he will not seek re-election
State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw is the latest Republican to announce he will not seek re-election for the next legislative session.
“I have been called to a life of service. In that service I have learned many things, grown at many levels, and it has required great personal sacrifice to me and my family. I have given 21 years of my life as a United States Marine, and I have had the pleasure and honor to serve with so many great Americans who have answered that same call. I have been honored to serve as the representative of the people of House District 2, for four terms. I felt I was called to serve and that is what I have done. I stood for what was right, sometimes all alone, but I never wavered. I kept my word and fought for Biblical principles, Constitutional principles, and the people.
"The word of God tells us there is a season for everything; my season here has come to an end, and I look forward to my new season. I have fought for my constituents, and now it is time I fight for my family and give them the time they deserve. My family has never wavered and they have made tremendous sacrifices, especially emotionally. My service has come at a great personal price to myself and my family. I have fought the good fight and can proudly say that no matter what the cost I stood strong, but I can no longer ask my family to endure the hardships that come with this job. It is time for me to stand strong for them now. As my 10-year-old son said, “Daddy it’s time to come home;” I’m going home. I feel the Lord is calling me to a new season in my life, and I humbly welcome it. I will be continuing in the Lord’s ministry, prioritizing my wife and kids, and transitioning back into the private work force. It has truly been an honor to serve the people of District 2. I truly appreciate the great honor to serve you. Thank you!”
Also, State Rep. Elise, R-Oklahoma City, announced Friday that she will not seek re-election for House District 100.
Bennett was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2011. He currently serves as the chairman of the House Appropriations & Budget Public Safety Subcommittee and as a member of the Appropriations & Budget, Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget, Veterans and Military Affairs and Wildlife committees.
He also served on the House Special Investigation Committee, which investigated reports of wrongdoing at several state agencies.
The Gayly. April 13, 2018. 4:26 p.m. CST.