Blanchard couple enjoy happy years together at home and at work

Art and Sandy Cotton, of Blanchard, have spent many years working together professionally and many years together as part of a happily married couple. The Cottons are one of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative's “Oklahoma's Most Inspiring Couples” for 2011.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: July 3, 2011
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Art and Sandy Cotton, of Blanchard, have proved that they make a great team.

They have been married for almost 18 years, and they worked with each other professionally for 20 years.

“Art and I have always worked together as a team,” Sandy Cotton said.

And their ability to build a successful marriage and work relationship extended to the children each brought to the union from previous marriages. The Cottons said their four grown children's close relationships are part of why their busy family flourished over the years.

“I attribute a lot of success in our marriage to not only that we love each other and we're best friends, but our children all love each other,” Sandy Cotton said.

Art Cotton, 53, said they met in the early 1990s when they worked in the lieutenant governor's office. The late Jack Mildren held the elected post at that time. Art Cotton said he was Mildren's chief of staff, and Sandy was in charge of constituency.

Art Cotton said he was drawn to Sandy because she was a good mother to her two children and was beautiful.

“She was a really great mother — that was a key deal,” he said.

Sandy, 54, said she was initially attracted to Art because of his gregarious personality.

“I loved his personality — very outgoing, very fun,” she said. “He gets mad very seldom, and he's always in a great mood — and he's kind of cute, too.”

Pulling together

When the two decided to marry in September 1993, they chose to leave their jobs with the lieutenant governor's office to focus on their new marriage and blended family.

“We decided to step away from politics,” Sandy Cotton said. “That was a smart move. We had more time for our family.”

The Cottons seemed destined to work together anyway.

Art Cotton said they started their own fundraising and lobbying company, then they both ended up working at Oklahoma State University in fundraising but for different entities. The couple later worked simultaneously at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and, most recently, at Oklahoma City University.

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Editor's note

Art and Sandy Cotton are featured in the “Oklahoma's Most Inspiring Couples” 2011 calendar, sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. Couples featured in the calendar are being profiled in The Oklahoman's Life section. For more about the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative's inspiring couples, go to www.foreverforreal.com.

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