|Address||200 S Oklahoma Ave |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma , United States
|| July 16, 1958
Jun 27, 2018 08:59pm
|Info||"My parents, grandparents and great-grandparents all called Oklahoma home," says Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. "Lisa and I always knew we wanted to raise our family here and we hope it's the sort of place our children will someday want to raise their kids." |
A fourth-generation Oklahoman, Mick Cornett was born, raised and lives today in Oklahoma City with his wife and sons where he is serving his second term as mayor after being re-elected with 87-percent of the vote.
A graduate of Putnam City High School, where he earned honors as the "most outstanding student in government," and the University of Oklahoma where he earned a degree in journalism and appeared on the Dean's Honor Roll, Mick Cornett today is also a successful local businessman.
"I've always felt I had a role to play in public service, but it was as a businessman that I realized how intrusive government could be in the marketplace and how a little common sense could bring some real world solutions to government," Cornett says.
In March 2004, at age 45, Cornett was first elected mayor of his home town. He became Oklahoma City's youngest mayor since 1959. He was re-elected in 2006 with the highest vote percentage in city history.
"Central Oklahomans are driven, dedicated, courageous, industrious and natural leaders," says Cornett. "It's in our spirit and our state's history – and it shows in the way we live. And just look at what we've accomplished together."
As Mayor of America's 29th largest city, Cornett has supervised the implementation of MAPS for Kids leading to the opening of one new high school and two more now under construction. Now there areliterally dozens of additional school construction projects underway or in the planning stages. "In Congress, I'll continue to make education a priority, working for additional inventment in our central Oklahoma schools. We can't educate the next generation of Oklahomans without good schools, good teachers and the opportunity for every child to succeed."
Another of Cornett's top priorities has been creating new jobs. Oklahoma City and the surrounding central Oklahoma region is enjoying a booming economy. Among the major achievements of recent years are the arrival of Dell Computers, the expansion of Boeing, and the relocation of the NBA's Hornets. These opportunities have created new jobs and improved lives throughout the region.
As a young athlete, Cornett played all sports before focusing his efforts on golf. Growing up and practicing his game on the public courses in Oklahoma City he achieved All-State status and his team won the state championship.
When Cornett was cut from the University of Oklahoma golf team, he opted to focus all of his attention on his studies and moved from participating in sports to covering them. Upon graduating from OU, Mick went in to professional broadcasting.
As a broadcast journalist, Mick spent 20 years in television, covering sports and news as a reporter, anchor and manager. As a news anchor he covered City Hall politics. He also worked part-time as a newspaper columnist and play-by-play announcer. His work ethic impressed his co-workers as he led by example. In 20 years of working in the television industry, Cornett never used a sick day. "That's luck more than anything else," Cornett says. "I don't remember my parents ever missing a day of work either."
In 1999, Mick founded Mick Cornett Video Productions and simultaneously spent a year on the campus of his alma-mater serving as a full-time professor at the University of Oklahoma.
In 2001, Mick Cornett was elected to the City Council from Oklahoma City's Ward 1. He defeated a two-term incumbent and received 67% of the vote, the largest victory in city history against a sitting incumbent.
In 2004, Mick ran for Mayor of Oklahoma City and received 58% of the vote despite being outspent 2-1 by his opponent. He received more than 30,000 votes, the most by a candidate for Oklahoma City mayor in more than 30 years.
Cornett and his wife Lisa were high school sweethearts and have now been married for 28 years. Lisa is on staff at Crossings Community Church, where the Cornett's are members. They have three grown children, Michael, Casey and Tristan.
"I believe a candidate for Congress brings his entire life's experiences to the job," Cornett says. "I have been fortunate to have hard-working role models. My father was a World War II veteran and worked at the downtown post office. My mother was a school teacher. Both of them gave a great deal of time to community service."
"My mother still lives in the house where we grew up. We lost my dad to heart disease 10 years ago. But I think of him often, especially when I am downtown near the neighborhood where he grew up. I think he would be amazed at the way his city has changed."
"The opportunity to serve in Congress would be a tremendous honor. I am humbled that so many of my friends believe that I would be an asset to our country's political future. I am really not very complicated. I live to honor God, my family and I love my wife. I believe in dreaming big and working hard. I believe we live in a great country and I believe the values it represents are worth defending."