Perryman Announces He Won't Seek Reelection

Perryman Announces He Won’t Seek Reelection - July 22, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma House Minority Floor Leader David Perryman (D-Chickasha) has announced that he does not plan to seek a fifth term as House District 56’s state representative.

Perryman was elected to the Oklahoma House in 2012 and has served as Minority Floor Leader since 2016. Prior to serving as the floor leader for the Democrats, Perryman served one term as secretary of the caucus and has served on a number of House committees, including Agriculture, Banking, Pensions, County and Municipal Government as well as Judiciary and a number of Appropriation and Budget subcommittees.

“After much consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020,” Perryman said. “I am so thankful for my wife, Jo, and my children who have supported me during my terms in the legislature and who have covered so many personal obligations that have allowed me to faithfully and diligently serve the people of District 56.”

Known for his grasp of parliamentary procedure, Perryman has been one of the most respected representatives in the Oklahoma House.

“David has been a great resource for not only our caucus but the entire body,” Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) said. “He has dedicated himself to understanding how the House works so that he can best serve his constituents and the state of Oklahoma. By doing so, he has made himself an invaluable leader in our caucus.”

Perryman has used his time as floor leader to mentor caucus freshmen on the nuances of legislative procedure. In addition to day-to-day duties of a floor leader, Perryman’s caucus presentations include in-depth analysis of legislative language and how to advance the purpose and message of the minority party and still comply with the House Rules that are imposed by the majority party.

“David’s service in the legislature has been a great inspiration to me,” said freshman legislator Rep. John Waldron (D-Tulsa). “He is a true son of Oklahoma.”

“David will leave a huge hole in the legislature,” said Rep. Trish Ranson (D-Stillwater). “He will be missed.”

“David is a gifted and very capable leader,” said Rep. Andy Fugate (D-Midwest City). I am glad that I was able to serve a term with him and have him ‘teach me the ropes’.”

“Leader Perryman is a tireless worker who will be impossible to replace,” said Rep. Shane Stone (D-OKC). “He is to be thanked for all that he has done for our caucus. I was already going to miss him, but now I know the rest of the caucus will too.”

Perryman’s service has focused on public education, rural economic development, rural infrastructure and the quality of life in rural Oklahoma. He has tirelessly devoted his service to the youth of the district in an attempt to give students the same opportunities that were available to him growing up.

“Sometimes it is an elementary teacher or a principal or an agriculture instructor that help open doors to leadership opportunities for young Oklahomans,” Perryman said. I see that as a part of my role as a State Legislator and believe that I have been successful in assisting to prepare tomorrow’s leaders today.

“I am very appreciative of both former Minority Leader Scott Inman and current Minority Leader Emily Virgin for allowing me to serve as their Floor Leader through both the 56th and 57th Oklahoma Legislatures. There have been wins and losses and I believe that many of our accomplishments, including restoring revenue for increased funding for education, will reverberate for years to come.

“Politics is all about timing,” Perryman said. “I see more youth and vigor and ability in our caucus than I have in a long time, and because of that optimism, I feel like it is time for me to move over and find a different way to apply myself. I look forward to continuing to mentor for the rest of my current term and am anxious to see how members of our caucus can effect positive change over the coming years and I plan to help them do so anyway that I can.”

Although Perryman is leaving the caucus early, he still plans to be involved in his community, resume his full-time law practice in Chickasha and to continue to advocate for Oklahoma families across our state.

“It has been a true honor to serve the people of District 56 for the past seven years, particularly since the district is where my great grandparents settled in 1902 and has been home to six generations of my family,” Perryman said.

Perryman Honored as Eastern Oklahoma State College Outstanding Alumni

Oklahoma House of Representatives

April 10, 2019


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Contact: State Rep. David Perryman

Capitol: (405) 557-7401



Perryman Honored As Eastern Oklahoma State College Outstanding Alumni


OKLAHOMA CITY – Eastern Oklahoma State College awarded State Rep. David Perryman (D-Chickasha) with the school’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award on April 6 during the school’s 10th Annual Sapphire Ball.


The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to alumni that have distinguished themselves from their peers both professionally and through service to EOSC.


Perryman graduated from Eastern in 1977 before attending Oklahoma State University and then OU Law.


“My support for Eastern Oklahoma State College is two-fold,” Perryman said. “The obvious reason is that the school has impacted my life and is dear to me and my family. The second reason and maybe the most important is because I think two-year colleges are underutilized.”


Not only did Perryman and his four siblings attend Eastern, he met his wife Jo there as well.


“For me and many people like me, a two-year school is a needed transition from high school to a four year school or even a career,” Perryman said. “Four-year universities and private schools get a lot of attention when people talk about college, but for millions of Americans, junior colleges are an important piece of the education puzzle.


“Knowing many of the talented and successful alumni from Eastern, I am humbled and honored by this award.”


Secretary of Education Press Release


 Oklahoma House of Representatives

Communications & Public Affairs

Jan. 28, 2019



Contact: State Rep. David Perryman

Office: (405) 557-7401


Perryman Responds to Governor’s Education EO


OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Floor Leader David Perryman, D-Chickasha, released the following statement today regarding Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan to combine the Secretary of Education cabinet position with the Secretary of State position.

“The Governor announced that his administration will focus on education and that this appointment is proof of that,” Perryman said. “I don't see the logic in combining the duties of the Governor's education adviser with the duties of the Oklahoma Secretary of State. Logic would lead one to believe that if the Governor intended to focus on education, he would provide additional resources rather than decreasing the amount of time that his adviser will have to help solve problems facing Oklahoma’s education system. We need more voices with public education experience at the table, not less. I respect Secretary of State Michael Rogers. I served in the State Legislature with Secretary Rogers, but his background is in private education. I am concerned that there are becoming fewer and fewer advocates for public education among the governor’s advisers.”




Wes Carter

Press Secretary

House Democratic Caucus

Oklahoma House of Representatives

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Perryman to Serve on Four House Committees

Perryman to Serve on Four House Committees  

OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Floor Leader David Perryman, D-Chickasha, is slated to serve on four House committees when the 57th Legislature convenes in February.

Perryman, a rural legislator, is focused on representing his rural constituents throughout the committee process.

Serving on the House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee and the House County & Municipal Government Committee should provide many opportunities to advocate for rural Oklahoma.

“My committee assignments will be beneficial to the citizens of rural Oklahoma,” Perryman said. “I have long supported legislation that improves the quality of life across our state, particularly in those rural communities where families want to raise their children and enjoy the benefit of quality schools and quality health care. The Agriculture & Rural Development Committee and the County and Municipal Government Committee directly relate to those needs.”

Additionally, Perryman sees his addition to the House Banking, Financial Services and Pensions Committee as an opportunity to add a rural perspective into the committee’s decision-making process.

“Investment in rural Oklahoma is essential to the economic health of our state. My membership on the Banking, Financial Services and Pensions Committee will allow me to bring a rural perspective to that committee,” Perryman said.


Perryman will also rely on his experience as an attorney to help reform Oklahoma’s criminal justice system as a member of the House Judiciary Committee.


“The Speaker has again appointed me to serve on the Judiciary Committee,” Perryman said. “I am honored, as an attorney, to bring an understanding of the needs of Oklahomans regarding the Judiciary, the Judicial System and the important role that branch of government plays in our society.”

Announcement from the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma

This announcement is being released at the request of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma:

With the help of a three-year grant, the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma has been focused on increasing education relating to child safety and helping to prevent falls. In July 2017, the Apache Tribe received the Indian Health Service Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program Part II Grant. This grant has allowed the Apache Tribe to focus on childcare safety specifically when children are in vehicles. The Apache Tribe has created a child safety seat public service announcement in conjunction with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. They have also organized events where they provide checks on children’s car seats in order to ensure the car seats are installed and working correctly.  The Apache Tribe’s fall prevention program uses eye assessments, home medications, and education to try to limit falls from happening in the first place. Both the child vehicle safety as well as the program for preventing falls focus on American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It is clear that the Apache Tribe has been focusing on improving the lives in the community!

Another fantastic program that the Apache Tribe has been working with since summer 2018 is Safe Kids Worldwide. In June, the Injury Prevention Program teamed up with Safe Kids Worldwide to become Safe Kids Na-I-Sha, with the word ‘Na-I-Sha’ meaning Apache.  This is significant as Safe Kids Na-I-Sha is the second member of Safe Kids Worldwide to be led by a tribal government in the United States.  Since collaborating with Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Na-I-Sha is able to reach more people especially in non-native communities. This partnership, which is run by the Apache Community Health Program Director and staff, focuses on the community of Caddo County, Oklahoma as a whole and is able to include everyone from this area. The goal of this alliance is to educate people and help them stay safe in regards to preventable injuries. In the future, Safe Kids Na-I-Sha is going to apply for more grants in order to better reach the American Indian and Alaska Native communities.