State Lawmaker Is Eligible For District Attorney Job, Court Rules

Jul 25, 2014

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says Republican state Rep. Fred Jordan of Jenks is eligible to become Tulsa County's district attorney, even though a raise for prosecutors was approved during his term in the Legislature.

State Representative and Tulsa County District Attorney candidate Fred Jordan
State Representative and Tulsa County District Attorney candidate Fred Jordan
Credit fredjordan.us

In a 5-1 ruling on Friday, the state's highest court ruled that a provision of the constitution did not apply to Jordan, since he wouldn't become district attorney until after his legislative term ends.

Jordan's candidacy had been challenged by his opponent in the Aug. 26 Republican primary runoff, Steve Kunzweiler, who is the chief of the Tulsa County district attorney's criminal division. Kunzweiler argued Jordan isn't eligible to serve as DA because of a pay increase that was approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

Jordan abstained from voting on the bill.

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