OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City who became the first openly gay person elected to the Oklahoma Legislature is formally launching his campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.
Surrounded by his children and grandchildren, state Sen. Al McAffrey on Thursday promised to bring to Washington a spirit of bipartisanship and "Oklahoma common sense."
A U.S. Navy veteran and former Oklahoma City police officer, McAffrey was first elected as a state representative in 2006. He was elected to the state Senate in 2012 to a district that includes a mix of trendy areas like the Paseo and Midtown districts along with more conservative portions of south Oklahoma City.
McAffrey will be forced to give up his Senate seat to run.