By: Value News | Category: Rogers County | Issue: October 2022
Mark Lepak, House District 9.
Elected to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, District 9, in 2014, Mark Lepak has been an effective legislator. His life experience as a businessman and family man, coupled with his seniority in the legislature, uniquely positions him to continue his work on issues that matter to Oklahomans. That is his primary motivation for running again.
WHO IS MARK LEPAK?
Mark Lepak is a family man, retired from AT&T/Southwestern Bell Telephone and Bell Communications Research after a 37-year career, having first earned a degree from the University of Oklahoma in engineering physics. His previous public service includes terms on the Moore School Board and the Claremore City Council.
Lepak is husband to wife Linda, father of 5, and grandfather of 14 grandchildren. An amused Lepak said, “with all my kids and grandkids, it is highly likely if you don’t know me there might be someone in your family who does.”
Mark and his wife, Linda, an attorney, have been married 43 years. They raised five children, each a law school graduate with a successful career and growing family. The Lepaks all graduated from public schools, which is another reason Mark continues to support education.
As the incumbent for State House District 9, Lepak is focused on making a difference. “I work long and hard on issues that impact folks locally,” said Lepak. “I am involved and concerned about the long-term impact of how a complex bill or other issues of the day affect our local community, state, and nation. Whether it’s executive branch reform in Oklahoma, judicial selection, tax reform, election reform, or responding to public safety issues, such as my bill adding RICO charges related to organizing riots, it is important to think through long term impacts. I personally believe in strong positive leadership and accountability.” He is Chairman of the House Banking, Financial Services and Pensions Committee, an important position responsible for safeguarding the billions of dollars in our state pensions.
Lepak noted, “My long career with AT&T centered on cost efficiencies and effective operations. My knowledge and experience translate into keeping costs reasonably low when delivering services in the State of Oklahoma. Strengthening our teacher’s pension plans, occupational reforms, and implementing improvements are multi-year efforts.”
Lepak has a long list of accomplishments:
• Banned CRT from being taught in our public schools
• Passed legislation to protect Oklahoma from Biden’s continued federal overreach, giving the attorney general more resources to fight back
• Prevented biological males from competing in women’s high school and college sports
• Lowered taxes for all Oklahomans
• Supported the right to life by requiring physicians to inform patients that a medically-induced abortion may be reversible, and by banning mail order abortions in Oklahoma
• Added RICO charges to our criminal code for those who organize riots
• Protected Oklahoma’s elections from rogue officials and outside influences
• Protected the privacy of charitable contributions
• Limited the impact of vaccination mandates
• Passed a campus free speech bill prompted by threats to students espousing conservative views, earning Mark an invitation to the Trump White House to discuss First Amendment rights on college campuses
• Expanded support services for the blind and deaf
• Proposed a new plan to eliminate income taxes without reducing state revenues and the priorities they fund
• Proposed protections for oil and gas in Oklahoma from rogue officials agreeing to greenhouse gas compacts
• Proposed a more competitive framework for the delivery of emergency health care
• Passed several bills reforming and improving the executive branch structure of government
“I have been privileged to serve the people of Oklahoma as State House Rep District 9 since 2014 — and now, I would appreciate their vote to continue my work,” Lepak requests.
The vote for State House of Representatives District 9 is November 8, 2022.
To email a question to Lepak, email him at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
ABOUT the Oklahoma House of Representatives:
The Oklahoma House of Representatives consists of 101 members and is the larger chamber of the bicameral Oklahoma Legislature. All members are elected to a concurrent two-year term resulting in a close connection between the Representatives and the citizens of Oklahoma.
State legislators’ primary function is lawmaking by researching, writing, and passing legislation. Members represent their districts and work to meet requests for help from citizens within it. Responsibilities include passing bills and resolutions, appropriating state funds, conducting legislative oversight of state agencies, and approving gubernatorial appointments. Bills proceed through the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate in a manner like the U.S. Congress. Legislatures also perform an oversight function for the executive branch.
District 9 includes Claremore, parts of Owasso, Collinsville, and Rogers County in Oklahoma.
Mark also enjoys spending time with his 14 grandchildren.
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