Jacob was born in Oklahoma City in 1977, and has lived in Norman for the better part of 30 years. After graduating from Norman High School, and the University of Oklahoma as a History major with a minor in Classical Cultures, Jacob became a teacher in 2012 and taught Geography & History in Oklahoma City Public Schools until his election in 2017. Jacob and his partner Robin are the proud parents of a 12-year-old daughter, Isabella, and of an 11-year-old son, Jonah, both of whom attend Norman Public Schools. He has been a loud activist for public education for years, with his main concerns being the lack of funding given to schools, low pay for teachers, and the harmful high-stakes tests that are unnecessarily forced upon students, especially in lower income schools. In 2018 he helped pass a teacher pay raise, and more recently has authored measures to ensure play-based learning is prioritized in the early childhood grade levels.
Jacob also advocates for common sense ideas to keep our excellent teachers here in Oklahoma, such as restoring a $5 thousand dollar stipend for our National Board Certified Teachers. Jacob is also passionate about providing for those who have already worked for our state, and has helped advocate for and ultimately pass a Cost of Living Adjustment for our retired teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other state retirees. Jacob will continue to be a force at the Capitol for teachers, our children, and our retirees, with overall goals of protecting and strengthening our public schools, helping to reduce adverse childhood experiences for children suffering from trauma, and providing for our core state services upon which so many rely.