- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A three-term Democratic state representative says he will not seek re-election to his southeastern Oklahoma seat next year.

Rep. James Lockhart of Heavener cited family considerations when he announced Monday he would not seek a fourth term in the House District 3 seat in 2016.

Lockhart has been a consistent advocate of public schools during his five years in the House and has urged more appropriations for textbooks, computers and other educational materials.

He has also advocated improving services at state-operated veterans centers, protecting water rights and upgrading roads, bridges and highways in LeFlore County while opposing Republican-sponsored tax cuts.

Lockhart and his wife have two children, a 14-year-old daughter who is in the ninth grade and a 7-year-old son in the second grade. His family operates a cow-calf operation.

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