Citing family, State Rep. Greg Piatt announced Friday he will not run for re-election this fall. The Ardmore Republican is House Majority Floor Leader and has served 10 years in the Legislature. He represents citizens in District 48.


Citing family, State Rep. Greg Piatt announced Friday he will not run for re-election this fall. The Ardmore Republican is House Majority Floor Leader and has served 10 years in the Legislature. He represents citizens in District 48.


Piatt said he wants to spend more time with his family. He and his wife, Kay, have three children, ages 18, 11 and 9.


“I’ve spent well over 1,000 nights away from my family over the last 10 years,” he said. “I feel like I’ve done what I set out to do.”


Piatt said he realized his legislative responsibilities were taking valuable time away from his family.


“This year, my daughter had a daddy-daughter doughnut day at school, and she didn’t even invite me because she knew I couldn’t come. Fortunately, my father was able to stand in,” he said. “I have enjoyed my service here at the Capitol, but I just don’t want to miss any more daddy-daughter doughnut days.”


Piatt said he plans to continue working at Heartland, a dairy and food distributorship he owns in southern Oklahoma, while also exploring other work opportunities. He said he would not be a candidate for any other political office.


“My time in the Legislature has been incredible. This has been an awesome responsibility to represent and serve the people of southern Oklahoma,” he said. “I came here to make a difference, and I hope that I have.”


Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield said he and Piatt shared a friendship before both were elected and became even closer as they worked together for their shared constituents.


“We have one of the better professional working relationships between the Senate and House, especially for a Republican and Democrat,” he said. “We worked hard on issues, collaborating on bills to the benefit of our area. I will miss him and his friendship here at the Capitol.”


Rep. Terry Hyman, D-Leon, praised Piatt’s work on behalf of the citizens of the area.


“It has been a pleasure to serve with Rep. Piatt. His efforts and hard work for the people of southern Oklahoma have contributed significantly to economic development in the Ardmore region,” Hyman said. “As floor leader, Rep. Piatt has been fair and equitable in hearing bills on the House floor. Rep. Piatt has made a special effort that business in the House has been conducted in a manner in which the people of Oklahoma could be proud.”


In his initial run for office, Piatt narrowly lost the District 48 race to incumbent Al Sadler in 1996. He captured the seat two years later when he defeated Ron Worthen, a former district attorney. He ran unopposed in 2004.


“One thing I have been tremendously blessed with during the last 10 years is the level of encouragement back home,” he said.


Candidates for the District 48 seat can begin filing at 8 a.m. on June 2 at the state elections board in Oklahoma City. Piatt said he expected there would both Republicans and Democrat candidates seeking to fill his vacant seat.


Steve Biehn, 221-6546
steve.biehn@ardmoreite.com