State Senator Ron Sharp is seeking a third term to represent the Shawnee-based District 17 seat, saying he will continue to champion a common-sense, conservative approach to state issues.
“I am honored to serve the people of my district in the state senate. I am proud to have a 100% attendance record during my eight years in office. My interest in seeking reelection is based on my belief that state government must prioritize the dollars spent to ensure core services are funded first, every child should have access to a quality education, and conservative values should guide the decisions of those serving in government,” Sharp said.
Sharp was elected to the state Legislature in 2012. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Retirement and Insurance Committee and is a member of the General Government Committee and the Judiciary Committee.
Since joining the State Senate, Sharp has passed numerous pieces of legislation such as business, education, and criminal justice reform, and healthcare. He authored a bill assisting non-custodial parents to gain visitation with their children without the heavy burden of high attorney fees as well as the No Texting While Driving legislation. Sharp also authored and passed the Oklahoma Teacher Certification Reciprocal Agreement and legislation making ProCure as an acceptable treatment to cancer. He also authored a bill to provide for cameras to be used on school buses and prescribe violations for illegally passing a school bus. (A more extensive listing of some of Sen. Sharp’s legislative accomplishments can be viewed under the Legislation Passed tab on this website.)
Earlier this year, Sharp received a letter of recognition and medal from President Donald Trump and the Director of the U.S. Selective Service System Board for his 20 years of service on the board. It takes a presidential appointment with a congressional nomination to serve on the Selective Service System Board and requires annual in-service training.
The Shawnee Veterans of Foreign Wars presented their “Citizens Award” to Sharp in 2010. Sharp was given the United States Congressional Award for Special Recognition of Outstanding Service in 1998. The recognition was authored by U.S. Senator Don Nickles and Congressman Wes Watkins.
Sharp has been active in many civic and community endeavors through the years. He served on the Pottawatomie County Historical Society Board of Trustees as well as the Pottawatomie County Jail Trust Authority Advisory Committee.
Sharp began teaching at Shawnee Public Schools in 1974 and spent the last 12 years teaching AP Government and American History. From 1974-1982, he was the sponsor for the Varsity “S” Lettermen’s Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
During his 38-year teaching career, Ron also served as head coach of the Shawnee High School boys and girls tennis teams, helping win five state boys’ championships and one state girls’ championship. He was recognized as one of the “Best 50 Tennis Coaches in the World” by the US Professional Tennis Registry, has been a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association for 29 years and was co-founder and the first President of the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches’ Association. Sharp was inducted into the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Hall of Fall in 2019. The Shawnee News-Star named their annual recognition of the Top High School Tennis Girl and Boy Players after Sharp.
Sharp was named 2011 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Shawnee High School Teacher of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 1997. He was named Teacher of the Year by the Masonic Order in 1997. For 23 consecutive years, Sharp was listed in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Sharp, 68, grew up in Shawnee and graduated from Shawnee High school. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southeastern State College, his master’s from Central State University and his doctorate in education with an emphasis in political science from Kensington University.
In addition to his professional background, Sharp is active in his home church, Liberty Baptist. He is a long-time member of the NRA and the Sons of the American Revolution.
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