WYNONA — State Sen. Eddie Fields will run for lieutenant governor in 2018. The Osage County Republican made the announcement Monday.
Fields, a rancher and businessman, seeks to replace Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who can’t seek the lieutenant governor’s post again because of term limits. Lamb is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
Fields served two years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, starting in 2008, before running for state Senate. He was elected to his first Senate term on Nov. 2, 2010.
Fields said he has worked diligently to advance conservative values, make the state more business friendly and keep rural schools strong during his time in the legislature.
“For me public service isn’t about a new title or a stepping stone to higher office, but rather about improving the quality of life for every Oklahoman,” Fields said.
Fields said he would focus on six issues if elected lieutenant governor.
• Job growth
• Economic development
• Healthcare improvements
• Promoting tourism
• Improving government efficiency
• Working with legislators to improve schools
During his tenure in the house, Fields served on the agriculture, transportation, wildlife and appropriations committees. In 2011, he was named chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, and vice chairman of the appropriations committee. In 2014 and 2016, Field was selected assistant majority floor leader, and will serve as vice chairman of appropriations, chairman of the appropriations committee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services and chairman of Rules in the 2017 session. He also serves on the Agriculture and Wildlife and Energy committees.
“I have a unique perspective and trusted record of experience as both a legislator, a small businessman and leader on agriculture issues,” Fields said. “Our lieutenant governor also serves as the president of the Senate; thereby helping to oversee the Senate and serving as a vital part of the legislative process. I’ve been on the frontlines in the Oklahoma legislature for nine years and know how to fight and win the tough battles necessary for Oklahoma to become a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Fields said.
Fields graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in agri-business. He and his wife Christina have been married for 27 years and are the parents of three daughters — Tailor, Jacie and Tristan. Christina Fields has been a public school teacher in Oklahoma for more than 20 years.