About Dave

Dave Rader’s roots run deeply in Tulsa and specifically, in District 39. Dave was raised, baptized, and attended school in the district starting at Franklin Elementary on Yale Ave (now Tulsa Street School), and on to Will Rogers High School and the University of Tulsa, both being just across the street from District 39. Dave and his wife, Janet, mark a number of wonderful family milestones in the district. They were married in District 39 some 37 years ago, their third child was born in District 39, their first residence was in District 39, and for all but two years it’s been the only district in which they’ve ever lived in Oklahoma.


Dave’s history with the Republican party is nearly just as long. He registered as a Republican while he was in high school at Rogers, and has always been devoted to the party’s mission and causes. Dave likes to call it ‘Tulsa conservative’, a political and personal philosophy that he says has been strongly influenced by his living in District 39.

It is the core of those conservative values that are motivating Dave to represent District 39 in the Oklahoma State Senate. First and foremost, he believes the most important issue in our culture today is the right our forefathers chose to list first in our Declaration of Independence, “… Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Dave has always been pro-life and will staunchly defend that God-given right as your State Senator.

Dave is a firm believer in the Bill of Rights and is committed to upholding its precious freedoms. Freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and the 10th Amendment limiting the reach of the federal government into matters reserved for states and individuals are foundations of Dave’s political prism.


There are many challenges in Oklahoma today, and it will take bold, decisive, and effective leadership to successfully meet them. Dave’s vast and varied experiences have him uniquely qualified to do that. As the head football coach at the University of Tulsa, Dave met and developed constructive relationships with numerous civic and corporate community leaders. He has also held positions in the private sector, gaining valuable expertise in the worlds of information technology, road construction, and energy. Dave also has extensive experience working with non-profit groups such as the John 3:16 Mission, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Heritage Family Services, Will Rogers High School Community Foundation, and First Baptist Church of Tulsa. The sum of those professional and personal opportunities have him well-prepared to proudly and ably represent District 39 in the State Senate.


Dave’s vision for a prosperous future for Oklahoma revolves around three primary areas: jobs, education, and transportation.

Oklahoma has abundant low-cost energy, water, and good, hard-working people. Those are great building blocks to future prosperity. But Dave believes that Oklahoma’s bright future must be driven by an ever-increasing job market, and that the state government can and should be instrumental in that effort. Retaining and creating jobs, and helping find work for those who want it are high on Dave’s priority list.

Quality education is equally important. All citizens should have equal access to education. That involves our school systems and vocational training, as both effectively strengthen the workforce and make Oklahoma an attractive location for corporations, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Jobs and education go hand in hand.

The third piece of Dave’s platform is transportation. Every family, every business, and every tourist in our state should be provided safe and reliable roads. Maintaining a superior transportation infrastructure—good roads, bridges, and highways—is vital to commerce and illustrates a thriving and successful economy.


The city of Tulsa and its people have been a blessing to Dave and his family, which includes his wife Janet; their son Daniel, his wife Deidra and their twin boys, Jett and Jax; their son Jordan, his wife Emily and their son, J.D.; and their daughter Kendal. Now he believes it’s time to return the favor by proudly representing District 39 in the State Senate. His decision to run was made after long and careful deliberation about the great state of Oklahoma and its future. It is a future that Dave wants to be full of fantastic promise for you and your children, and he pledges to work toward that every day, and to represent the district the same way he has lived his life—with integrity, devotion, and unwavering commitment to guiding principles.

More About Dave

Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame, 1988
Outstanding Young Oklahoman, 1989
Independence Bowl Hall of Fame, 1999
Kodak Region 4 Coach of the Year, 1991
AFCA Football Issues Committee (1992-95)
AFCA Ethics Committee (1996-98) National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Oklahoma Chapter Merv Johnson Integrity in Coaching Award, 2008
Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame, 2014
University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame - 1991 Team, 2013
Coached the most games in the University of Tulsa history