MUSKOGEE,OK – Former Muskogee Mayor John Tyler Hammons announced recently that he will be a Republican candidate for the Oklahoma State Senate.
“I’m running for the state Senate because the next generation of Oklahomans is my generation. We face the daunting reality that we will not inherit the same American dream of those who have gone before us. We need to build a stronger Oklahoma, which means stronger families and more individual freedom,” Hammons said.
Hammons, who described himself as a champion for small business, said he supports reform of the tax code to encourage investment. He supports more focus on education and transportation, while eliminating unnecessary waste.
“Small businesses are the backbone of any community, but government overreach has stifled job growth. We need to eliminate burdensome regulations to allow small businesses to succeed and create job,” said Hammons. “We have real problems and we need to find real solutions. We spend too much on school bureaucracy and not enough on classroom instruction. We need standards set by local parents, not by dictates from the federal government that impose a one-size-fits-all approach.”
Hammons describes himself as a conservative who believes in the rights of individuals, parents, families, and the unborn. He is a member of the National Rifle Association who supports the Second Amendment.
“The Legislature has abdicated too much special interests. We will build a stronger Oklahoma by championing Oklahoma values and setting priorities that benefit Oklahoma families,” Hammons said.
Hammons was elected Muskogee mayor in 2008, and gained national attention as the youngest mayor in the nation at age 19. That same year, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. Hammons was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term as mayor in 2010.
Hammons graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree from OU in 2012, the same year he completed his second term as mayor. Hammons is currently a Master’s of Business Administration candidate at Oklahoma State University.
A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Hammons currently serves as an assistant attorney general of the tribe. He attends worship at Southeast Baptist Church in Muskogee.
Hammons is seeking the seat being vacated by State Sen. Earl Garrison, who is leaving office due to term limits. The seat covers Muskogee and Cherokee counties.
Elections for Oklahoma Senate District 9 will be held along with other major elections in June of 2016. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.