Democrat Randy Gilbert: Gilbert graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1978 and received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from Oklahoma State University.
He started his career teaching agriculture education at Lawton High School for five years, then moving back to Pottawatomie County in 1988 to work in the family business, Gilbert and Sons Trucking, where he continues to be the operations manager and vice president. He is also co-owner of Gilbert Insurance Agency and maintains an Oklahoma Insurance license.
Gilbert runs a cow-calf operation with registered Limousin cattle and a commercial herd of Limousin crossbreeds. He promotes agriculture through his numerous volunteer efforts not only in this community but statewide.
Gov. Brad Henry appointed Gilbert 10 years ago to serve on the State Board of Career and Technology Education.
He is a longtime board member of more than 20 years for the State FFA Foundation, serving as the chairman for the past 14 years of the Pottawatomie Free Fair Board, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce past chairman and chairman of the Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show for 24 years, Arvest Bank Board member for 14 years, Civic & Cultural Development Authority Board of Trustees member for six years that oversees the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Tecumseh Growth and Development board member and past chairman for 20 years, past vice president of the Oklahoma Limousin Breeders Association and chairman of the Southwest American Livestock Foundation, executive board member of the Oklahoma Youth Expo and numerous other boards across the county and state.
He is a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Limousin Breeders Association, lifetime member of the FFA Alumni Association and lifetime member of the Oklahoma State University Alumni. He is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the Pottawatomie County Cattlemen’s Association and the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma.