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Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern's husband, Steve, to run for state Senate

The Rev. Steve Kern, husband of Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, says he will file next year for the Senate District 40 seat. If both Kerns win their races next year, they would be the second married couple to serve at the same time in Oklahoma's Legislature.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: May 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm •  Published: May 4, 2013
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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.

Term limitations

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.

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