OK Senate District: SD 33
Party Affiliation: Republican
This candidate did not draw a Democratic opponent and will therefore be the Senator for this district without having to run in the general election.
Nathan Dahm spent the first part of his childhood growing up in Broken Arrow attending Vandever Elementary school as his parents attended Bible school to become missionaries. After the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Dahm family moved to Romania to start a mission work. Based out of Broken Arrow, the Dahm family would return home each summer to travel throughout the U.S. and raise support for the mission.
Growing up in a family dedicated to serving others, Nathan soon answered the call to serve others and returned to the mission field after graduating high school. He soon became general manager of the 65-acre ministry campus being developed. With the launch of a Bible school on the campus, he became Dean of Students for the charter class and continued in that capacity as well as general manager until he returned home to Broken Arrow.
Upon returning home to Broken Arrow, Nathan quickly noticed the challenges facing our nation. Having personally experienced the failures of communism, socialism, and affronts on freedom and liberty, he quickly got involved in volunteering in the local Republican Party. Throughout his years of dedicated involvement in the local party, Nathan has served as a precinct Chair and Vice Chair, on the County Executive Committee, and as President of the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly.
With his desire to learn more first-hand how government works, Nathan accepted a position with a local city as an engineering technician upon returning to Broken Arrow. He then transitioned to managing his family’s start-up company while becoming an entrepreneur himself. With the launch of the iPhone, he saw the potential for app development and started his own software service creating medical apps for iPhone.
Continuing his desire to serve others, Nathan ran for the Oklahoma State Senate and was elected in 2012 despite being outspent 4 to 1 by his opponents. Nathan has served the residents of Oklahoma Senate District 33, which encompasses Broken Arrow, Bixby, and Tulsa for 5 years. In the State Senate, Nathan was appointed and still serves as Chair of the General Government Committee which has oversight for county, municipal, and statewide entities. He also has been elected twice by his fellow senators as a Majority Whip on the leadership team.
In addition to serving in the State Senate, going on mission trips, and running his app development company, Nathan currently travels throughout the U.S. sharing in churches about the importance of Christian involvement in government and how to effectively pray for our government leaders.
As a strong constitutionalist, Nathan understands that the constitutional framework the Founding Fathers gave us has allowed the United States to excel like no other country in history. Nathan has been a champion for individual rights, including the right to life and our Second Amendment rights to self-defense. He has fought for openness, transparency, and accountability in government. And he has stood for limiting the authority of the federal government to those items expressly listed in the Constitution, with all other powers remaining with the states and the people.
Nathan Dahm is dedicated to upholding the Constitution, fighting for individual rights, limiting government, cutting spending, and serving the people as he has consistently proven to do during his time in the State Senate.
The main function of government should always be to protect our rights, including the right to life. In fact, the Declaration of Independence says “that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are LIFE…” and it further clarifies that “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men.” The Fourteenth Amendment provides Constitutional protections in that no person shall be deprived of their life, liberty, or property without due process. I have and always will stand in support of protecting the life of the unborn."
The Second Amendment is abundantly clear that the right to keep and bear arms is a right belonging to the people that should not be infringed. As a strong advocate of expanding protections for gun owners, I have continually championed second amendment legislation at the Oklahoma State Capitol and will continue to fight for those rights."
The American people in their ingenuity have proven time after time that they can achieve greatness when given the liberty and opportunity to try, free from government interference. The over-regulation of our society has become a huge burden on business and is an even larger barrier to the entry for new businesses. During my time in the Oklahoma State Senate I have consistently worked to repeal and eliminate unnecessary laws, rules, and regulations. I continue that fight to lower regulatory burdens, eliminate over-reaching laws, bring accountability to government, and fight expanding bureaucracies so Oklahoma’s people and businesses have an environment to create, expand, and thrive in."
Having a secure border is part of the solution, but it’s not the only answer. One of the many solutions to immigration reform is to implement true welfare reforms. As long as the federal government continues to offer free housing, free healthcare, free tuition, free food, and tax refunds on top of all that, foreigners will have an incentive to cross our borders illegally and take advantage of the system that so easily offers them “free” stuff. Expanding government programs is not the answer. Reforms and a return to the Constitution will solve the problems we face, including the immigration problem. I have always stood by the Constitution, and have always stood for reforms, and believe true welfare reform is the most important part to fixing the immigration problem, including reforms at the State level."
Having served as a missionary in Eastern Europe, I saw the impact of religious persecution first hand, including by the government against its own people. I understand that as President Washington said, “Our Constitution was written for a moral and religious people, it is inadequate to the governance of any others.” Protecting religious liberties isn’t about enforcing someone’s view on others, it is about allowing people to express their views as long as they don’t harm others. Worship shouldn’t be confined to private homes or church structures, but people should have their rights to worship in public protected as well."