Editorial: Re-elect Dr. Mike Ritze Nov. 8

Broken Arrow has excellent representation in the Oklahoma Legislature and Dr. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow (District 80) symbolizes that public service.

Ritze, a practicing physician, is chairman of the Public Health Committee in the House and he sits on the A&B Human Services, Long-term Care and Senior Services and Public Safety committees.

One of only a handful of legislators who are physicians, Ritze has used his medical experience and insight to help steer legislation that contributes to the health of all Oklahomans.

Likewise, his work with law enforcement over a series of years has proven to be invaluable as he helps tend to public safety.

Ritze has worked to help the plight of veterans, particularly those who have pressing medical needs. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and is a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Ritze, an ordained Southern Baptist deacon, is outspoken against legalized abortion. He is one of Oklahoma’s chief critics of the failures of Obamacare and socialized medicine. House Bill 1494 by Ritze sought to improve drug testing devices for impaired driving.

At his own expense, Ritze and his family demonstrated their respect for the rule of law and our traditional values by paying for display of the Ten Commandments Monument on the Capitol Grounds.

Ritze has fought tax increases and has supported finding efficiencies in state government.

Dr. Mike Ritze is one of the most conservative representatives in perhaps the most conservative district in Oklahoma, maybe the most conservative state in the United States.

Broken Arrow and Oklahoma will be well served by returning Dr. Ritze to the House of Representative. The Tulsa Beacon strongly urges a vote for State Rep. Mike Ritze.