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May 14, 2014

Dorman bids fond farewell to House colleagues

CHICKASHA —

After almost two decades, Joe Dorman's work in the state legislature has come to a close. 

Dorman, who terms out in 2014 after 12 years as a state representative, said his time in the legislature has been the most amazing years of his life.

“I have had the opportunity to help implement policies to better the lives of Oklahomans, through helping pass legislation and sometimes killing a few bills,” he said. “I have had the opportunity to help implement policies to better the lives of Oklahomans, through helping pass legislation and sometimes killing a few bills,” he said.

First elected in 2002, the Rush Springs native seeks election to the governor's office this year. 

He said his efforts on behalf of firefighters, educators, state employees and countless other constituents “will be the fondest memories and the greatest satisfaction I take from my service as a state representative.”

Dorman has authored several laws over, including legislation to fully-fund volunteer firefighter training, enhancing performance audit procedures for state agencies, consumer protection in lending practices and creating income tax check-offs for funding domestic abuse prevention, equipment upgrades for volunteer firefighters.  

Dorman’s most recent legislation to become law creates a state-administered mobile application to provide information on emergency preparation and recovery efforts following a disaster.

Dorman began his political career as a state Senate page in high school, where he said he first developed his love for public service. 

"That one week as a legislative page is where I saw men and women of all backgrounds working for their constituents,” he said. 

Dorman began his service at the House as a mail clerk and runner in 1994, and over six years he worked his way up to special projects coordinator.

“My proudest accomplishment in my service as a staff member is the mock legislature that I helped found, which allows our pages to learn the legislative process,” he said. “Pageville, to this day, is still the highest-rated program each week for the pages."

Dorman attended college at Oklahoma State University. 

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