Prominent engineer, businessman and civic leader Todd Brawley, 45, announced today he is seeking the Republican nomination for the State Senate District 47 seat now represented by Lt. Governor-elect Todd Lamb. The governor has set a special election to fill the seat which covers parts of northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond.
“It would be an honor to serve the citizens of District 47 at the State Capitol. I believe I understand the issues that concern the people in my district and I know that I hold the same core values as the vast majority of the people in our area. As a lifelong conservative Republican who has actively campaigned and contributed to countless campaigns during my lifetime, I now feel led to step out and seek public office for the first time. I recognize the value of hard work, being a good listener and making decisions in a fair and balanced manner. I understand the importance of standing for conservative values and honest leadership in government. This is the right time in my personal and professional life to spend time in public service,” Brawley stated.
“In the next few weeks leading up to the Jan. 11 Republican primary, I will campaign tirelessly to meet as many voters as possible in the district. I believe my background and unique qualifications will enable me to hit the ground running as the new State Senator and make certain District 47 is well represented when the next legislative session gets underway in February,” he added.
“This has been an extremely difficult year at the State Capitol due to the serious state budget shortfall. I feel my background in owning and running businesses along with a hands-on understanding of our infrastructure needs will be extremely beneficial in helping address the issues confronting our state,” Brawley said.
Brawley graduated from Putnam City High School in 1983 and earned his civil engineering degree from Oklahoma State University in 1988. He then started his professional career in the family’s business, Brawley Engineering Corp. becoming President in 1999. He is currently the Vice President of Mehlburger Brawley, Inc., a civil engineering firm in Oklahoma City.
He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers having served as both the Oklahoma City Branch and Oklahoma Section President. He is also a member of Engineers without Boards and has been involved with the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Public Works Association, and Engineering Ministries International. Brawley is an associate member of both the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors and the Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association and was recognized by OMCA as Associate Member of the Year in 1994 and 1996. He also served on the Board of Visitors for the OSU School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Active in numerous civic and community activities, Brawley has served on the Board of Trustees for Science Museum Oklahoma (Omniplex) since 2004. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Prevent Blindness Oklahoma (Oklahoma Society to Prevent Blindness) and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. Brawley is a 19-year member of the Rotary Club 29 of Oklahoma City where he served as an officer and director along with being recognized as Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary 29 Community Fellow. He is also a member of Leadership Oklahoma City, Class 26.
Brawley is a fourth generation Oklahoman. He and his wife Sarah, a successful businesswoman and co-owner of Metro Gymnastics, live at 14500 Wilson Road in Oklahoma City. The couple has been married for 18 years and has a 9-year-old daughter, Blair. Brawley and his family are active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.