Rep. Rick West Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election

4/12/2018 1:17:00 PM

Contact: State Rep. Rick West
Phone: (405) 557-7413

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Rick West announced this week he will not be seeking re-election for the next legislative session.

“Serving the great people of House District 3 has been an incredible honor and is something I will cherish forever,” said West, R-Heavener. “I have given this job every single ounce of energy within me, I have learned much more than I could’ve imagined. The people of southeastern Oklahoma entrusted me with a huge responsibility, and I am forever grateful for their confidence in me. 

“Ultimately, I could not in good conscience continue to serve as a state representative. I fundamentally disagree with the direction the Republican caucus is headed inside the Capitol, and I have been disappointed in decisions that were made that I believe are detrimental to our state,” West said.

West was first elected in 2016. He serves as vice chair for the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee. He also sits on the County & Municipal Government and Veterans & Military Affairs committees, along with the Appropriations & Budget Sub-committee for Select Agencies.

“I will continue to serve my community on a local level, but I also look forward to spending more time with my wife and family. They have made tremendous sacrifices over the past few years, and I owe them more than what I’ve been able to provide as a state representative.

“The decision to make this session my last in the House of Representatives did not come easily. I have spent the last several weeks discussing options with those closest to me, and I feel great peace about making these my final months in office. It’s time for me to go home.”

West serves House District 3, which includes parts of LeFlore County.