For Free Markets and a Free People

After much prayer, reflection, and discussion with family and friends, I have decided to run for election to the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma’s District 2.

The decision to run for public office is not something I have reached lightly.  I have arrived at a season of my life where I can give my undivided attention to my community and my country. As a free-market economist, I will promote solutions to our nation’s fiscal challenges. As a father and grandfather, I will seek to preserve and protect our constitutional rights. As a Christian, I will defend America’s long-standing respect for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

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Why Campaign?

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I want my children and grandchildren to have the same rights and opportunities that I have enjoyed. My country has given so much to me, and it is time to give back. Here in America, we each have the unique opportunity to pursue our dreams according to our individual values. But liberty is a fragile thing, so we must be vigilant to preserve it for the next generation.

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Meet Brian

Brian Jackson is an associate professor of economics and accounting at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where he has served university students since 2008. Prior to joining the NSU faculty, Brian worked as a scientist for the U.S. Government / Central Intelligence Agency and has taught at several colleges and universities in Oklahoma and Texas. Brian is also a longtime volunteer chapel speaker for the Gospel Rescue Mission of Muskogee, where he previously served on the Board of Directors. A member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, he earned a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry from Northeastern State University in 1982, an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 1984, a Ph.D. in economics from Oklahoma State University in 2005, and a post-doctoral certificate from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. He has authored or coauthored articles in several peer-reviewed economics journals. Finally, as the managing member of Three Rivers Analytics, LLC, Brian puts his economic experience to work by performing economic impact analyses for various municipalities and development associations across Oklahoma.

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Brian grew up in Muskogee County. After graduating from Oktaha High School in 1978, he worked his way through college as an employee of Safeway Stores in Muskogee and Norman. Always eager to be “the indispensable man” to his employer, Brian worked in nearly every department in each of these stores. He carried this same attitude and work ethic to Washington when he worked for the federal government and later when he taught business and mathematics courses at various colleges and universities.

Brian has two grown children. His daughter, Katie Harlin, and her husband, Caleb, live in Muskogee. His son, Jonathan, lives in Verdigris with his wife, Rachael, and their infant son, Titus Luke Jackson. The late Kathy Jackson was Brian’s dear wife for 28 years and the mother of both children. Brian faithfully attends New Hope Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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