Jabar Shumate Edit Profile
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in public affairs and administration.
During his time at the university, he served as student body president. Since his election, Shumate has worked on education reform and health issues. He co-authored a study to look at ways to incentivize healthier foods in urban Tulsa neighborhoods.
He has also held leadership positions in the Oklahoma legislative black caucus. Shumate had a tough 2010 primary, edging out a primary opponent after education unions threw their support behind his opponent. Shumate left the Oklahoma House of Representatives to run for a state Senate seat.
Religious freedom should be supported and the expressions of faith of others should be respected.
He is a current member of the Oklahoma Senate and a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He faced a member of the Tulsa City council in a 2012 primary for the state Senate seat vacated by Judy Eason McIntyre.
Son of Glenn Shumate and Cleatta Johnson, Joseph Johnson (Stepfather).