Friends, family, and supporters looked on January 21 as Senator-elect J.J. Dossett was officially sworn in to represent District 34 in the Oklahoma State Senate.
Dossett, D-Owasso, won the seat in a special election held January 12, becoming the first Democrat chosen to represent that district since 1990. That seat was open after Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, pled guilty to federal mail fraud charges and resigned.
“I am extremely grateful for the support I received and for the faith the citizens of District 34 have placed in me,” Dossett said. “I don’t take it for granted, and I will always endeavor to be the strongest voice possible for all those I represent here in the Senate.”
Dossett, a teacher, coach and combat veteran, grew up in Owasso where both his parents were educators. He and his wife, Ashley, also a teacher, have two sons and are expecting a third in February. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Dossett is a technical sergeant in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He served two active duty deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dossett acknowledged with a looming shortfall for the 2017 budget that could well exceed $1 billion, he knows his first session will be a challenging one.
“We’re going to be faced with many tough decisions – but at the end of the day, we have to recognize that Oklahoma’s future prosperity is directly tied to the investments we make in education. I’ve seen it first-hand as a teacher and that’s something that will guide me throughout my service in the Senate.”