by Garrett Frisk
Republican Kevin Hern has represented Oklahoma's 1st district in the U.S. House since 2019. The previous year, he successfully claimed the seat of retiring U.S. Representative Tim Bridenstine, defeating former Tulsa County district attorney Tim Harris in the Republican primary runoff ahead of an easy general election win against the Democratic nominee, former Oklahoma State Board of Education member Tim Gilpin. Hern's time in office has been mostly uneventful, aside from receiving multiple protest votes during the contentious 2023 House Speaker election. Hern was re-elected with 61.9% of the vote in 2022, after which he was chosen to chair the Republican Study Committee.
Two Democrats have already thrown their hat into the ring to challenge Hern in the 2024 election. The first is Sarah Gray, who describes herself as "a mom, auntie, small business owner, and relentless advocate for fairness, justice & community." Gray operates a public relations firm whose past clients include the Oklahoma Democratic Party. She would be the first Native American woman and first millennial to represent Oklahoma in Congress. Her campaign website can be found here. The second Democrat in the running is Dennis Baker, an attorney and former FBI agent. Baker lists his top priorities as "jobs that pay a living wage, good public schools, affordable college, access to health care for everyone, and a safe community." His website can be found here.