Oklahoma State Sen. John Michael Montgomery (R-Lawton) recently announced that he will be resigning from the Senate effective Aug. 1, 2023, to accept the role of President and CEO of the Lawton/Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Montgomery represents District 32 in Comanche County.
“It has been an honor and truly humbling to have been able to represent at the state Capitol the community that I have grown up in and call home for the last nine years,” said Montgomery in a press release. “I am deeply grateful for the trust my constituents have placed in me, for the outpouring of support I have had, and cherish my colleagues I have worked with these many years. I consider it a great blessing to be able to continue to work from my home in a new role (and) will be a long term investment in our community.”
“Senator Montgomery is a talented leader who has a bright future ahead of him,” said Oklahoma State Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat. “He is a valued member of our Senate family and while we hate to lose his expertise and knowledge, I wish him nothing but the best in this new role. He helped the Senate pass numerous measures that will benefit generations of Oklahomans – especially when it comes to economic development and the financial stability of our state. I appreciate his service, friendship and am glad he will still be in a public-facing role with the chamber.”
Prior to his election to the Senate in 2018, Montgomery served four years in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives beginning in 2014. He currently serves in the Senate as Vice Chair for the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation among other committee assignments.
Montgomery earned a B.A. in International Studies and an M.A. in Global Affairs from the University of Oklahoma prior to his legislative career.