Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Senator Tom Ivester
Tom Ivester, SD 26, is one of Oklahoma's newest Democratic State Senators. I grew up in SD 26, "shortgrass country" in southwest Oklahoma, and my parents still farm out there. I met Ivester early last spring and visited with him and met his family again at the Mtn. View Gotebo Fair in August. I knew then what a dedicated representative of the people and for the people he would be and was proud to see him sworn in last week. (We are pictured at right at the reception in the Senate Lounge following the swearing in ceremony.)
He is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves who recently returned from duty in Afghanistan. The new Senator practices law in Elk City and Sayre. Ivester's family is not new to the state capitol, his grandfather held the same Senate seat more than 70 years ago and the Ivesters have been active community members for generations.
Congratulations Senator Ivester!