There could be two Kerns in Oklahoma's Legislature.
The Rev. Steve Kern, husband of Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, announced Saturday he is seeking a state Senate seat in 2014.
Kern, 66, said he will file next year for the Senate District 40 seat held by Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City. Branan cannot seek another four-year term because of 12-year legislative term limits.
Rep. Kern, who got national attention in 2008 when she said the homosexual agenda was a bigger threat to America than terrorism, is seeking re-election in 2014, her husband said. If both win legislative seats next year, they would be only the second married couple to serve at the same time in Oklahoma's Legislature.
Twyla Mason Gray, a Democratic state representative from Tulsa, and Charles Gray, a Democratic House member from Oklahoma City, were married in 1981 and served together in the House of Representatives; he didn't seek re-election in 1982.
If both Kerns are elected in 2014, they would serve two years in the Legislature. Rep. Kern is term limited in 2016, and she can't seek another two-year term.
Her husband has been a pastor for 33 years. He is serving his 17th year as pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, 1201 NW 10.
Kern said he encouraged his wife to run for the House in 2004. He has served as a chaplain twice in the state Senate and once in the House; he also has attended numerous rallies and events at the Capitol. He is an Oklahoma County Republican state committeeman.
“I've been praying about it a long time and I think it's time for me to get in,” he said.
If elected, Kern said he would support anti-abortion and pro-family issues as well as fight for states' rights. He said he also would work to cut nonessential state spending, but would support raises for workers providing core services, such as state troopers who have gone several years without a pay increase.