- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Like many sons, Chris Boring wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. But he never imagined doing so would be a one-of-a-kind achievement in Oklahoma.

Beginning in January, Mike Boring, 64, and Chris Boring, 34, will be the only father-son duo to ever simultaneously hold district attorney positions in Oklahoma.

Only 27 district attorneys serve in the state at a time, with many serving multiple terms. The chances of two being related are next to none, said Trent Baggett, assistant district coordinator of the state District Attorneys Council.

Baggett said such a father-son situation has not occurred in Oklahoma, prior to the Borings, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1qVHFlY ) reported.

As a kid living in Guymon, Chris Boring showed all the makings of a future lawyer. Mike Boring described him as a serious, down-to-business kind of kid. He didn’t fool around. Over the years, Chris Boring became fascinated with his dad’s line of work.

“Seeing him while growing up, watching him as I grew up, that made me want to go to law school,” Chris Boring said.

Mike Boring was elected district attorney in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 2002, while Chris was studying political science at Oklahoma State University. His father’s new position secured his belief that he wanted to study law. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Chris Boring earned his law degree at Oklahoma City University and worked at a regional law firm in Woodward for a few years.

In January 2011, he became an assistant district attorney in Woodward. He recently won election for district attorney in District 26, which borders District 1 - his father’s district. Together, the districts make up nearly all of northwest Oklahoma.

Chris Boring was ecstatic when he learned he was going to serve as district attorney alongside his father, but he said he wasn’t sure what to think when he was told that’s never happened before.

“You know, it’s something unique,” he said. “It’s something that my dad and I share, and our family can share.”

Mike Boring said he’s humbled his son followed him to the district attorney’s position.

“I think when he was around me he could get a sense of how I felt about my job,” Mike Boring said. “I think he saw something very unique there and could obviously tell I wouldn’t trade my job for any other job in the world.”

Being able to call his son and talk about work is a special feeling for him. He said he looks forward to giving advice - and to receiving advice as well.

With Chris Boring’s intelligence and ability to make quick decisions under pressure, the father said he thinks his son will make a great district attorney.

“He has the energy and the desire to do those people a good job, and I think he has the right … approach to make a good DA,” Mike Boring said.

Chris Boring also said he looks forward to being able to discuss cases with his father.

“There’s always something unique or something you haven’t dealt with come up, and it’s nice to have a well-respected and experienced district attorney you can call and bounce things off of,” the younger Boring said. “It just so happens to be my father.”

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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