Special election set by Gov. Fallin to fill Senate seat to be vacated next year

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin has scheduled a special election to fill the state Senate District 37 seat that will be vacated early next year.

Governor Mary Fallin

Fallin on Tuesday scheduled a special primary election for Sept. 12 and the special general election for Nov. 14.

If a special primary election is unnecessary, the special general election will be Sept. 12.

The filing period for candidates is June 26-28.

Republican state Sen. Dan Newberry of Tulsa announced his plan to resign last week. He said he’s wanting to seek a promotion in his professional career.

His resignation will become effective January 31, 2018.

“It has been a true honor to serve as the senator from District 37. I want to thank my wife, my children, family and friends for their unwavering support during my service in the Senate,” Newberry said.  “Just as importantly, I want to thank the citizens of District 37 for placing your trust in me to represent you at the Capitol for nearly 10 years.”

Sen. Dan Newberry

The seat is the seventh GOP-held seat to be vacated in the past year after two other Republican senators and three GOP House members previously resigned and a fourth Republican House member died in office.