Gary Banz

About Gary Banz

Gary is married to Linda and they have three children (all graduates of Midwest City High School) and six grandchildren: daughter Michelle and her husband Steve Livingston and their sons, Nathan and Caleb and daughter Hannah; son Mark and his wife Kim and their daughters Hailey, Maggie, and Lily; and daughter Mindy.

Legislative Service

House of Representatives: 50th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 54th and 55th Legislature.

55th Legislature Leadership: Majority Whip

55th Legislature Committee Assignments:
A&B Sub: General Government
Elections and Ethics
Rules
Tourism and International Relations

54th Legislature Committee Assignments:
Military and Veterans Affairs, Chair
A&B Public Safety
Energy and Aerospace
Tourism and International Relations

53rd Legislature Committee Assignments:
Conference Committee on Government Modernization and Rules, Chair
House Ethics, Chair
Rules, Chair
Administrative Rules and Government Oversight
A&B Education
Veterans Affairs

Education

B.S., Southern Nazarene University, 1968
M. Ed., University of Central Oklahoma, 1973

Profession

Retired public school educator at Putnam City, Ada, and Midwest City High Schools

Military

United States Army, 1968 – 1970
Awarded Army Commendation Medal, 1970
United States Army Reserve, 1982 – 1990
Awarded Army Achievement Medal, 1985

Positions

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), National Board Secretary, 2014-2016
Regional Vice President for Region 2, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2014
Elected ALEC National Board of Directors, 2013
Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL) Co-Founder, Executive Board, 2013
Oklahoma Honor Flights, Executive Director, 2009 to present
Civil Air Patrol – Oklahoma Legislative Squadron Commander
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Task Force on Military Sustainability and Veterans Issues
Board of Directors – USS Oklahoma Memorial, 2007
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Co-Chairman of OK Delegation, 2006 to 2013
Defenders of Dreams Heritage Center Foundation, President
Rose State College 2001-2004, Board of Regents
Oklahoma County Election Board 1999-2001
Mid-America Kiwanis Club of MWC, President 1998 and 2004
Oklahoma Presidential Elector, 1996
4th Congressional District Republican Party Chairman, 1995-1997
Oklahoma Bar Association Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year, 1995
Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Basketball Advisory Board, 1984-1991
Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association, President,1980

Organizations

Tinker Heritage Foundation, member 2013
Oklahoma Honor Flights
Oklahoma Academy for State Goals
OSBI Citizens Academy
Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII, 2003-2004
Midwest City Chamber of Commerce
Choctaw Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Midwest City Alumni
Oklahoma Coaches Association
Choctaw Church of the Nazarene
Midwest City Rotary
Kiwanis Club of Midwest City

Honors

2017 Excellence in Community Service Award – OK Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
2016 Pathmaker Award – Oklahoma City/County Historical Society
2016 Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Community Service Award for the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
2016 National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – Oklahoma Guardian of Small Business Award
2016 Knights of Columbus (4th Degree Assembly 848) Chief Justice Kane Civic Award
2014 National Guard Association of Oklahoma’s Legislator of the Year
2014 Oklahoma Medal of Freedom, National Guard Association of Oklahoma
2014 Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame
2013 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Legislator of the Year
2009 Oklahoma Veteran’s Council Legislator of the Year.
2004 Midwest City Chamber of Commerce Presidents Leadership Award
2004 Leadership Midwest City Alumni W.P. “Bill” Atkinson Community Service Award
1995 Oklahoma Bar Association Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year
1985 All-State Basketball Coach – Large East
1984 Coach of Oklahoma/Texas Faith 7 Benefit All-Star Game
1991 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) High School Coach of the Year
1981 FCA High School Coach of the Year