Jason Nelson leads at the Legislature, seeks fourth term in state House

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Jason Nelson, an Oklahoma City Republican seeking a fourth term in the Legislature. He is key leader, working with members of both parties at the Capitol.

Nelson supported and guided development of the “Pinnacle Plan” to address serious short-comings in state Department of Human Services policy and practices. After what Democratic state Rep. Richard Morrissette called “years of hard work,” the Pinnacle Plan began implementation in 2012.

Nelson aims to improve staff performance and professionalism in human services programs.

As House Deputy Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Nelson serves on both the Appropriations and Budget Committee and the Health and Human Services Conference Committee.

Beyond his focus on human services issues, he has fashioned policies and practices attentive to the needs of those who are not yet fully participating in Oklahoma’s economic successes. 

This summer, he co-hosted a session on market-oriented reforms that could boost prospects for the working poor. 

Featured speaker at the event was Star Parker, an African-American writer who lived her early adulthood in poverty and on welfare before undergoing lifestyle changes that triggered a rise in economic prospects.

Nelson reflected, “Star Parker’s story is inspiring and her call to action compelling. Her call to provide our most vulnerable citizens with equal opportunities in education and to partner with families who want to work their way up the economic ladder resonated with me.”

A leader in education reform, Nelson was principal author of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for special needs children. He author directed the bipartisan effort, in both houses of the Legislature, to repeal the controversial “Common Core” standards, replacing the national curriculum with Oklahoma-developed standards.

Collin Walke, a Democrat, is challenging Nelson as he seeks a fourth term in the state House.

If you would like to contact Patrick B. McGuigan he can be reached at 405-601-3433.