Party Affiliation: Republican
Pruitt grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky where he attended for one year. He transferred to Georgetown College where he finished his bachelor’s degree in communications and political science. Shortly after receiving his law degree from the University of Tulsa, Pruitt joined a Tulsa-based private practice law firm where he specialized in constitutional law, contracts, insurance law, labor law, and litigation and appeals.
After working for five years in the private sector, Pruitt entered the Oklahoma political stage in 1998 when he was elected to the state senate, representing Tulsa and Wagoner Counties. After two years, he was selected by his peers to serve as the Republican whip from 2001 to 2003 before being named the Republican assistant floor leader, a position he held until he left the state legislature. He then served as attorney general of Oklahoma from January 2011 to February 2017.
In addition to his legal and political career, Pruitt became the general managing partner for Oklahoma City’s triple-A baseball team, the Oklahoma Red Hawks, in 2003.