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.
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.”
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.