House District 28 State Rep. Tom Newell Resigns, Prompting a Special Election

Representative Newell announced that he is resigning from his seat, only three weeks into winning his 2016 race. Newell delivered his resignation letter to Governor Fallin with an effective date of December 31, 2016. Fallin will call a special election for House District 28 within 30 days.

Representative Newell released the following statement:

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of House District 28,” said Newell, R-Seminole. “I will be pursuing an opportunity in the private sector that will allow me to spend more time with my family, while allowing me to serve families nationwide.

“I appreciate the trust people in District 28 placed in me. I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve made with all of my colleagues in the Legislature. I know the state is capable hands with the new House members and Speaker-elect Charles McCall.”

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will announce details shortly for candidates interested in running for House District 28.