Jim Roth
Jim Roth is an American politician
Politics of the United States
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 from the state of Oklahoma
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. A Democrat
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, Roth was appointed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin
Mary Fallin
Mary Fallin is the 27th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. She was a U.S. Representative for from 2007 until 2011....

 to serve on the Oklahoma State Election Board
Oklahoma State Election Board
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 as the panel's lone Democrat. As of September 2011, the Governor's appointment of Roth was awaiting confirmation by the Oklahoma Senate
Oklahoma Senate
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. Previously, Roth served as one of three members of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Oklahoma Corporation Commission
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 from June 2007 through January 2009. He had been appointed to the seat by Governor of Oklahoma
Governor of Oklahoma
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 Brad Henry
Brad Henry
Charles Bradford "Brad" Henry was the 26th Governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected governor in 2002...


Prior to his state wide positions, Roth had served as an Oklahoma County
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
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County commission
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, a post to which he had been elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

Born in Prairie Village, Kansas
Prairie Village, Kansas
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, Roth attended Shawnee Mission East High School
Shawnee Mission School District
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, Kansas State University
Kansas State University
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, and Oklahoma City University School of Law
Oklahoma City University School of Law
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. He then went on to work as a Chief Deputy and Attorney to the Oklahoma County Commission and the Oklahoma County Clerk.

Roth is openly gay
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 and was the first ever openly LGBT
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 person to hold a state-wide elected office in Oklahoma.

In his bid to serve out the last two years of the corporation commission term to which he'd been appointed, Roth was defeated 52%-48% by Republican Dana Murphy
Dana Murphy
Dana Murphy is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Murphy is currently serving her second term, and first full term, on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission....


Roth recently endorsed the MAPS 3
Metropolitan Area Projects Plan
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 proposal on the December 8, 2009 ballot in Oklaoma City.

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