Representative Dorman, Joe
District 65 - Democrat
Minority Caucus Vice Chair
County(s) Represented in District
Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Stephens
Municipality(s) Represented in District
Apache town, Cement town, Central High town, Cyril town, Devol town, Duncan city, Elgin city, Empire City town, Fletcher town, Lawton city, Randlett town, Rush Springs town, Sterling town, Temple town, Walters city
Zipcode(s) Represented in District
73005, 73006, 73017, 73029, 73055, 73067, 73082, 73501, 73503, 73507, 73528, 73529, 73531, 73533, 73538, 73540, 73541, 73543, 73548, 73562, 73567, 73568, 73572
Joe Dorman was born in 1970 to Bill and Jan Dorman of Rush Springs. He has three siblings: Butch Dorman of Marlow, Kathy Stowers of Rush Springs and Billie Coast of Lawton, as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces in the surrounding area and California.
Following graduation from Rush Springs High School, Joe attended Oklahoma State University. Joe was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, a member of the OSU SGA Student Senate, served as Senate Chairman and was active in various organizations and served in several student leadership positions.
Joe began his career as an employee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives as a mail clerk and runner in 1994. After serving in several staff positions, Joe served as an Assistant to the Executive Director of the House Staff and helped create an educational component for the high school pages that rotate each week through the Capitol. The Pageville program continues as one of the most popular aspects of the Page Program for high school students.
Joe worked in Washington, D.C. for a period of time, and then returned to the House as the Special Projects Coordinator for the House of Representatives Staff. In this position, he served as the lead staff member for the Legislator Back to School Week Program, International Student Awareness Day, and the Pageville Mock Legislature, along with preparing a daily bill summary for the Representatives regarding the legislation to be considered. Joe resigned from the House of Representatives in 2002 to seek the State Representative position in House District 65 following the retirement of long-term State Representative, Speaker Pro Tempore Emeritus Jim Glover.
Joe enjoys golfing, hunting, attending college athletic events, especially college football and basketball, working with youth programs and spending time with friends. Joe also enjoys watching the OKC Thunder and the OKC Redhawks when time allows attending games or watching on television.
Joe graduated high school in 1989 as Salutatorian of his class, a National 4-H winner, student council vice-president, yearbook photographer and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He then received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. He also has completed course work at the University of Central Oklahoma, continuing his education towards a Master's Degree while working at the State Capitol, but put that on hold because of duties at work.
Assistant Democrat Floor Leader, 2003-2009
Vice Chair, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, 2005-current
Former Special Projects Coordinator, Oklahoma House of Representatives Staff
Former Instructor of Page Mock Legislature, Oklahoma House of Representatives Staff
Former Research Director, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
Former Director of Alumni Relations, Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature
Former Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature
Former Chairman of SGA Student Senate, Oklahoma State University
Joe currently is involved with several organizations including the Rush Springs' Lions Club, the Bricktown Rotary, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Apache Area Community Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the OSU Alumni Association, the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, the OK YMCA Youth and Government Board of Directors, the Friends of the OK History Center Board, the OSU Wesley Foundation Board and the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) Foundation Board, an alumni/student board serving to assist this non-partisan collegiate organization designed to teach students the State Legislative Process. While in college, Joe was the only person in the history of this organization, co-founded by then Lt. Governor George Nigh, to serve as Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Joe also dedicates some of his free time to volunteering as a Legislative Process instructor, emphasizing lessons in Robert's Rules of Order and serving as the co-chairman of the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival.
1989 4-H National Project Winner - Entomology
1999 Oklahoma Young Democrat of the Year
2004 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature Alumni of the Year
2005 Honorary Young Democrat of America
2010 Rural Fire Coordinators Legislator Award
2010 Conservation Districts Legislator Award
2010 Oklahoma State Firefighters Advocate Award
2011 Psychologists Association Legislator of the Year
2011 Oklahoma 4-H Alumni Recognition Award
2012 Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
2012 Chairman, Rush Springs Watermelon Festival
Achievers Under 40 - Class III
Leadership Oklahoma - Class XVIII
Honorary FFA Member - Apache, Cement & Elgin FFA Chapters
Joe is a member of the Rules Committee, the Appropriations and Budget Committee, the A&B sub-committee on Public Safety and the Insurance Committee. Joe has been appointed to serve on several task forces by previous leadership and the current Speaker of the House.