The Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus announced on Monday that David Perryman, of Chickasha, will not seek a fifth term as House District 56 state representative.
“After much consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020,” Perryman said in a release. “I am so thankful for my wife, Jo, and my children who have supported me during my terms in the legislature and who have covered so many personal obligations that have allowed me to faithfully and diligently serve the people of District 56.”
Perryman will resume his full-time law practice in Chickasha, where he plans to stay involved in the local community and advocate for Oklahomans.
“It has been a true honor to serve the people of District 56 for the past seven years, particularly since the district is where my great grandparents settled in 1902 and has been home to six generations of my family,” he said.
Perryman was elected to the Oklahoma House in 2012 and took his current post as the Oklahoma House Minority Floor Leader in 2016. Prior to this, Perryman served as secretary of the caucus, several House committees within the realm of agriculture, banking, pensions, county and municipal government, judiciary and many appropriation and budget subcommittees, according to the Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus.
House Democrats commented on Perryman's dedication and service to Oklahomans.
“David has been a great resource for not only our caucus but the entire body,” Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) said. “He has dedicated himself to understanding how the House works so that he can best serve his constituents and the state of Oklahoma. By doing so, he has made himself an invaluable leader in our caucus.”
“David will leave a huge hole in the legislature,” said Rep. Trish Ranson (D-Stillwater). “He will be missed.”
Several freshman representative expressed their gratitude to Perryman as a mentor.
Rep. Andy Fugate (D-Midwest City), said "I am glad that I was able to serve a term with him and have him ‘teach me the ropes’.”
"David’s service in the legislature has been a great inspiration to me,” said freshman legislator Rep. John Waldron (D-Tulsa). “He is a true son of Oklahoma.”