Susan Young

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Candidate Details

OK House District: HD 23

Party Affiliation: Democrat




A life-long resident of Oklahoma, Susan Carle Young was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to John and Shirley (Knost) Carle. Her father was an attorney in Claremore for 54 years and had an admirable record of service to Claremore, Rogers County, their church (First United Methodist),
and the Democratic Party. Her mother is a retired English teacher and served on the Claremore School Board for ten years.
Susan attended Claremore Public Schools and Holland Hall School in Tulsa, graduating from Claremore High School. She attended the University of Oklahoma and earned her bachelor of science in nursing and later, a master’s degree in social work.
A few years after graduating from OU, she married Tim Young, who had just graduated from
the OU School of Medicine. She spent the next decades with Tim in Tulsa raising their sons
David and Joshua, attending graduate school, and working as a social worker. After her father’s
death in 2011, she and Tim moved back to Rogers County to assist her mother. They live on a
76-acre ranch where they raise pecans and hay.
Susan has dedicated her life to promoting children’s health and mental health awareness, as a
social worker and a pediatric nurse. She has served on the boards of many community organizations, and is currently a board member of CASA of Northeast Oklahoma. She has
volunteered for the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Children's Day Nursery, and the Hispanic
Resource Association. She is a long-time member of the Democratic Party and currently serves
as the chair of Rogers County Democratic Party.
Susan is running for State House District 23 because she believes that Oklahoma’s legislature
needs to do a better job of protecting the health and well-being of all its citizens. She knows
that we need to return to the ideals that made Oklahoma a center for growth and innovation
from the 1940s through the 1970s, but with a fresh focus on 21st-century challenges and

Platform Issues

Small Business

As an Oklahoma native, Susan has watched our state evolve over the years, and seen our towns transform into thriving cities. She watched as small businesses grew in our state and, with Oklahoma ingenuity, helped our economy expand and progress. As State Representative, she will work towards creating opportunities for small business owners to further develop their businesses. She will be an advocate for Oklahoma’s hard-working entrepreneurs who employ our neighbors across the state. We need representation at the State Capitol that will stand up for our small business owners.


Susan believes that every Oklahoman brings creativity, ingenuity, and innovation to the table, and that they are our state’s greatest resource. As State Representative, she will advocate for more funding to our trade schools and higher education so that every Oklahoman is equipped for success in a competitive environment. As State Representative, she will work to widen our job market, empower skilled workers in our state, and attract them from out of state.


Improving Oklahoma’s public education system is the key to improving our quality of life! We must ensure that our students are being prepared for a competitive career environment. As State Representative, Susan will advocate for an increase in funding for teacher pay and support staff. She will promote smaller class sizes and improved student support services, and will work to guarantee that every student in our state is given the opportunity to excel.


In recent years, Oklahoma has ranked very low among other states on measures of health care quality. As State Representative, Susan will work to pass legislation that will help keep Oklahomans healthy and save our state millions of dollars. Susan believes every person has the right to affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare, and will work to make this available for all Oklahomans.