Although he is a successful attorney in Ardmore, Samson “Sam” Ray Buck is also a fourth generation farmer and rancher. And he’s proud of his rural roots.


Although he is a successful attorney in Ardmore, Samson “Sam” Ray Buck is also a fourth generation farmer and rancher. And he’s proud of his rural roots.


“District 49 is my home. I’m not from anywhere. I’m from everywhere,” he said.


To be a little more specific, he lives with his wife, Darla, and son, Logan, on a farm about 10 miles southwest of Ardmore in the Criner Hills/Marsden area near the Carter/Love county line. He is a life-long resident of the district.


Buck is the Democratic candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives seat that had been filled by Terry Hyman, who died in a farming accident in June. The Democratic party’s state central committee unanimously selected Buck to replace Hyman on the Nov. 4 ballot.


“Terry Hyman was a true statesman and friend to southern Oklahoma,” he said.


Buck, a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, is facing Republican Sean Oliver in the general election. House District 49 includes portions of Carter, Love and Marshall counties.


Tourism and economic development are of prime importance in a district that is on the brink of substantial growth over the next 10 years, particularly with major projects moving forward at Lake Murray State Park and on former state park land on Lake Texoma, Buck said.


“There can’t be anything but an upside if it’s done right,” he said.


“We’ve got to keep the lodge at Lake Murray open as long as we can. We have to make sure the mistakes that happened at Lake Texoma don’t happen at Lake Murray.”


Buck said his parents stressed the value of hard work and education early on.


“I’m as proud of my high school diploma as I am of my other degrees,” he said.


He said he is committed to ensuring the district’s schools have the resources they need to provide quality education for all their students. He also wants to strengthen the state’s teacher retirement system.


Buck said he would continue Hyman’s tradition of support for the district’s rural volunteer fire departments. He also pledged to give farmers and ranchers a strong voice at the State Capitol, to push for safer highways and roads and to support rural development initiatives that will bring better paying jobs to the district.


“I’ve always had a sense of duty,” he said. “My life was influenced by Mitch Sperry, Harvey Burkhart and Terry Hyman. If you have an opportunity to make a difference like they did, why wouldn’t you?”


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


Editor’s note: A profile of Buck’s opponent, Sean Oliver, appeared in Wednesday’s edition of The Ardmoreite.