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Rural Oklahoma Democrat won’t seek re-election to House

July 22, 2019
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. David Perryman, D-Chickasha, adjusts his glasses as he speaks during a news conference on the budget at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Perryman, one of the last remaining Democrats from a rural district in the Oklahoma Legislature says he won't seek re-election in 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. David Perryman, D-Chickasha, adjusts his glasses as he speaks during a news conference on the budget at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Perryman, one of the last remaining Democrats from a rural district in the Oklahoma Legislature says he won't seek re-election in 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of the last remaining Democrats from a rural district in the Oklahoma Legislature says he won’t seek re-election in 2020.

Chickasha Democrat Rep. David Perryman announced Monday that he won’t seek a fifth-consecutive term for House District 56. The southwest Oklahoma district includes the towns of Anadarko, Chickasha, Fort Cobb, Minco and Pocasset.

A minority floor leader, Perryman says it’s a “frustrating time” to be a Democrat from rural Oklahoma and that he’s disappointed with the lack of bipartisanship in the Legislature. Republicans currently enjoy a 77-24 advantage over Democrats in the House.

Perryman says that when he completes his term in November 2020, he plans to resume his full-time law practice in Chickasha.

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