OK Senate District: SD 48
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Reverend Doctor George E. Young, Sr. was born in Memphis, Tenn. He retired from 30 years of Pastoral service in 2013. Dr. Young was elected to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 2014, while serving was elected as the Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and serves as the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus Chair. As of November 6, 2018 he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate and he will continue serving as the Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. Dr. Young is the author of “Christology: A Look At Practical Christianity.” He was selected to attend the Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills in Little Rock, sponsored by the Southern Legislative Conference. He was invited and attended the Medicaid Leadership Policy Academy in Washington, DC and the follow up Advanced Academy, sponsored by the Council of State Governments. In 2017, participated in the Early Learning Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislator’s, which focused on topics involving the economic returns on investment in the early years; the science of early brain development; and early childhood development. In 2018, Early Learning Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislator’s, focused on the promising approaches for America’s Addiction Crisis. In 2019, Dr. Young was invited to serve on the National Task Force on Healthy States, sponsored by the Council of State Governments.
He is a Certified Mediation Specialist in Family and Divorce issues. He received his undergraduate degree from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. He continued his education receiving a Masters of Arts in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduating Cum Laude, and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University in December of 2006 and completed his Doctorate of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2010.
Dr. Young is a graduate of the Oklahoma Aging Leadership Advocacy Academy class of 1999 (Charter Class). He is an alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma City (Class XX), completed two years as Co-Chair of Classes XIX and XXX and an alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma where he was awarded the “Golden Bull” Award for most socially provocative. He received the Good Citizen Award and The Social Justice Award from the Oklahoma Conference of Churches where he served as President. While serving in the Oklahoma Legislature Dr. Young has received numerous awards. To name a few: Special Recognition for his continuous commitment to outstanding service from the Midwest City Martin Luther King breakfast committee, 2019; Imam’s Pioneer Award 2019; Community Impact Award from a Chance to Change, 2019; and the Oklahoma Association of Nurses Anesthetists Legislative Excellence Award, 2019. Dr. Young took a moment of personal privilege to pursue a huge undertaking involving joining an exclusive organization that has been in his sight for quite some time; he became an official member of one of the divine 9; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in April, 2019. He continues as an adjunct professor for Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa.
As Pastor, he initiated a partnership that sponsors the largest Back to School Block Party and School Supply Give-Away in the Northeast Quadrant of OKC. He led the church in completing a multi-million dollar senior Housing Project (Temple Gardens). Dr. Young and his late wife Dr. Thelma Chambers Young have two children and three wonderful grandsons. He is the CEO of Young Management Consulting, a mediation and nonprofit management and leadership development firm.