Oklahoma Sen. JJ Dossett’s record for veterans, public education and working-middle-class families has served his district well, earning another term.
Dossett has represented Senate District 34 since 2016. The district has new boundaries and covers much of Owasso and Sperry, but dips south in East Tulsa to 31st Street.
He grew up in Owasso with deep family roots in the area with his parents, sister (Jo Anna, also a senator from Oklahoma) and other family members working as teachers. Dossett served as an educator and coach from 2006 until he ran for office. Public school funding was the inspiration that took him from the classroom to politics.
True to his word, Dossett has always voted in favor of public schools and local district decision-making, including opposing vouchers and supporting efforts to devote more funds and resources to public education. .
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Dossett, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continues to serve in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and serves as co-chair of the Veterans Legislative Caucus. His committee assignments include veterans and military affairs, education, appropriations, agriculture and wildlife and natural resources, and regulatory services. He sponsored several measures for the benefit of current and former military personnel.
Earlier this year, the Oklahoma Veterans Council and the Oklahoma Military Order of the Purple Heart honored Dossett as Senator of the Year.
Some of his bills include giving the Oklahoma Military Department more flexibility in purchasing heraldic items, renaming the 45th Infantry Division Museum to the Oklahoma National Guard Museum, and donating the facility the power to sell certain items to help finance it. He passed a bill that allows collectors to get tags and titles for their surplus military vehicles. He co-wrote legislation with Rep. Mark Vancuren, R-Owasso, to rename a section of Oklahoma 20 the “Tech. sergeant. Marshall D. Roberts Memorial Highway,” an Owasso resident killed in 2020 in Iraq while assigned to the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing.
On other issues, Dossett supported conservative positions, particularly on gun rights and anti-abortion legislation. He supports several possible inflation-fighting measures, particularly if some cuts have a sunset — or temporary — provision to allow lawmakers to review the decision. It’s a smart and financially responsible decision.
He led efforts to ban vaping in public schools and passed legislation making it easier to train unarmed security guards through CLEET, the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.
Dossett, a Democrat, is reflective of his constituency as a moderate. His opponent, Republican Dana Prieto, did not respond to requests from the Tulsa World editorial board to discuss his positions.
We believe Dossett has proven himself working in the best interests of his district and state, earning the trust of voters for another term.