Representative Jim Olsen

Hi, I'm Jim Olsen and I represent the people of Oklahoma's 2nd District.


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Oct 5, 2023
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STATEMENT: Olsen, Randleman Comment on Corporal Punishment Interim Study

Reps. Jim Olsen, R-Roland, and Randy Randleman, R-Eufaula, today released a statement in reaction to an interim study Thursday afternoon regarding the use of corporal punishment against students with disabilities in Oklahoma public schools. "We observed an interim study that contained much information to support the elimination of corporal punishment in Oklahoma schools, but we were disappointed to see that it was rather one-sided without an opportunity for anybody with opposing viewpoints to present." Olsen pointed to numerous passages in the Bible he said clearly endorsed corporal punishment as a part of proper child training, including Hebrews 12:11, which states, "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterword it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." "It's best to take God at His Word and do things His way," Olsen said. "When we do, things turn out much better."

Sep 27, 2023
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STATEMENT: Olsen Pushes for Open Carry at State Fair

Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland, today release a statement following the shooting at the Oklahoma State Fair and advocating to allow Oklahomans to protect themselves by open carry. "The tragic shooting this past weekend at the Oklahoma State Fair underscored the need for law-abiding citizens to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights at the State Fair. The whole incident illustrates that, under the liberal gun control mindset, lawless criminals will continue to carry weapons and prove a threat while law-abiding Americans are prohibited from utilizing their God-given right to protect themselves and their families. Two bills, House Bill 1021 and Senate Bill 920, were filed this past session that would have recognized Second Amendment rights at the State Fair. In a public place where lawless thugs can be a threat, trustworthy Oklahomans should have the right to be armed if they so choose. The 2022 New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen U.S. Supreme Court Ruling held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home." 

Feb 28, 2023
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House Prohibits Gender Transition Services for Minors

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation prohibiting gender transition services for minors was approved Tuesday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. House Bill 2177, authored by Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, and Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland, prohibits health care professionals from providing, attempting to provide or providing a referral for puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgeries for minors. "This legislation is about protecting our children from those who would seek to profit from their gender confusion," West said. "As a state, we must not be partner to irreversible health practices that permanently change the bodies of our children before they are of an age where they can fully understand the consequences of their decisions." HB2177 allows exceptions for minors with a medically verifiable disorder. The bill prohibits insurance coverage for gender transition services performed within the state on any minor or adult. "Common sense tells us that the decisions people make as a teenager may be shortsighted and later regretted, especially in regard to a major action like these irreversible procedures," Olsen said. "Even one child who undergoes a life-altering procedure and later laments their decision is one too many. I'm proud to stand against these reprehensible actions and proud to protect Oklahoma's children." The measure, which would go into effect immediately upon being signed, grants a six-month time period to taper off any minor currently on hormone therapy. HB2177 passed the House 80-18 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.