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Randleman launches campaign for state House

EUFAULA — Dr. Randy Randleman, 64, announced today he is running for the state House of Representatives. “We need a higher standard today in the Oklahoma Legislature.

“We’re in a crisis and need to change the direction of our state. Leaders with life experience and expertise need to step up to find a better path forward, and I am passionate about doing just that,” Randleman said. He is a conservative with a heart for improving the lives of children.

A mental health expert and foremost authority on classroom management and discipline, Randleman is uniquely qualified to represent Eufaula and Stigler-area residents in the state Legislature. Randy has worked in 155 school districts and 135 head start centers across Oklahoma.

“I have worked with troubled and challenged kids for my entire life to help restore hope and find a path for success,” Randleman said. “Helping humanity succeed is my life’s mission.”

An avid hunter and gun owner, Randleman holds a Ph.D. in school and clinical psychology and has served on the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and is immediate past president of the Oklahoma Psychological Association.

Unlike some in his profession, Randleman’s solutions also are steeped in his strong Christian faith, his belief that the family is the core, and that instilling values like hard work and discipline will reverse the downward spiral of students and children.

“I want Oklahoma to reach for a higher standard. We should put America first, Oklahoma second. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Republican or a Democrat idea, is it the right thing to do help Oklahomans succeed?”

Most of Randleman’s time is spent teaching teachers how to discipline children and how to manage classrooms when troubled children are an issue. Along with his wife, Jennifer, a school psychologist, Randleman tests aggressive children in local and area school districts, and recommends treatment and counseling.

Randleman grew up in Wilson, north of Henryetta, with two brothers and a sister. His father still lives in Wilson, and his mother is deceased.

“I grew up in a Christian family and my mother was a great support of whatever I did. My father could do almost anything, and consequently I learned to overhaul cars, build houses, farm, ranch, run electrical wiring, you name it.

“But my favorite place was on the basketball court,” he said. “I lived it.”

Randleman earned scholarships to play basketball at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and the University of Tulsa, and as a college student was the fourth-leading scorer in Oklahoma. Before earning his Ph.D., he coached basketball and taught biology, chemistry, accounting, anatomy and physiology in Morris, psychometry in Bixby and psychology in Jenks public schools.

Outdoor activities still are very much a part of the Randleman lifestyle, from wakeboarding to jet skis, from golf to hunting. Randy and Jennifer also love to travel.

The Randlemans have five children and three grandchildren. He and Jennifer attend Community Culture Church where his son is pastor.