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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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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.