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April 5, 2014

Vanhooser running for Dist. 41 seat

ENID, Okla. — Longtime Enid physician Ross Vanhooser announced Friday his intention to run for the District 41 seat in the Oklahoma House.

Vanhooser, a lifelong Republican, will be seeking his party’s nomination in the June 24 primary election. He will face incumbent Rep. John Enns, also of Enid.

This is his first bid for public office.

“I have been blessed to work as an Enid physician for over 20 years. After much prayer and conversations with family and close friends, I feel the time is right to pursue the opportunity to represent the citizens of District 41,” Vanhooser said in a statement. “In order to devote the necessary time to campaign, I have scaled back my medical practice to pursue this exciting opportunity to serve in the Legislature.”

Vanhooser said he is a firm believer in smaller government at both the state and federal level.

“I believe I understand the issues and concerns facing the citizens of District 41,” he said. “I hope to be one more conservative voice in the Legislature prepared to successfully tackle the major issues confronting us as a state.”

Vanhooser said he believes taxpayers know how to spend their money better than politicians, and while portions of government are necessary, it also must be held accountable for every penny that is spent.

Believing that so many of the mandates pushed onto residents and businesses by regulatory agencies of the federal government are hurting people, his efforts will be to return and maintain control to the state when it comes to issues that are important to residents, he said

“Just like most Oklahomans, I value personal responsibility, free speech, the right to own a gun and the protection of the unborn,” Vanhooser said.

Vanhooser obtained his bachelor of science degree in biology from Baylor University and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

He did his residency and fellowship in radiology before being certified in 1991 by the American Board of Radiology. He is licensed in Oklahoma and Texas.

Married to Dr. Alicia Vanhooser for 28 years, the couple has three children, Sydney, Shelby and Colby.

Longtime northwest Oklahoma Rep. Dale DeWitt of nearby District 38 cannot run again because of term limits. Another Enid legislator, Rep. Mike Jackson, is stepping down after a decade in the House representing District 40.

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