Inola Republican Tom Gann and his wife of 39 years, Debbie Chapman Gann, are parents of three children and grandparents of seven.
He was born in Wagoner and grew up in Tahlequah where he later graduated from N.S.U.
Tom and Debbie are members of Eastland Baptist Church and were instrumental in forming a Crisis Pregnancy Center and promoted Abstinence Education.
A small government conservative, Tom has a lifetime of experience as a small businessman.
In 1984, he started his first small business in Ft. Gibson selling gas and groceries to the local community. The business grew to twelve employees until it was sold in 1996.
In addition to his own business, Tom developed other commercial properties which brought new restaurants and an auto repair business into the community.
Over the years, Tom has responded to the call to defend our values and principles.
He served five years on the Ft. Gibson School Board where he stood firm against a top down, socialist, federal takeover of public education known as Outcomes Based Education. He successfully brought an end to the pilot program which had forced the school district to participate in the federal effort.
This experience led Tom to challenge a Democrat politician for State Senate District 3. Tom won 41% of the vote even though Democrats outnumbered Republicans by a three to one ratio.
Tom has served as a Republican State Committeeman and as a past member of the party's platform committee.
Debbie, who has a degree in Education, currently volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and served as a Keating administration appointee on the Oklahoma’s Abstinence Education Council.
Tom will appear on the primary election ballot in June 26th, 2018.