Representative Mike Osburn

Hi, I’m Mike Osburn and I represent the people of Oklahoma’s 81st District.


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Mar 14, 2024
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Representatives Issue Joint Statement After Death of Nex Benedict

OKLAHOMA CITY – A group of Oklahoma House representatives today released a statement about the death of Nex Benedict. The Owasso High School student's death was ruled an overdose according to the state medical examiner. Benedict died one day after being injured in an altercation inside an Owasso High School bathroom. "The tragic suicide of Nex Benedict is a harsh reminder of the power that words have. As public officials and policy makers, we have a sacred obligation to ensure that as we do the work of the people, we do so with respect and dignity. Every human life is precious and created in the image of God regardless of who they are or who they love. We call on all Oklahomans to join us in our commitment to being respectful and deliberate in our language." The statement is issued by Reps. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan; Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City; Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa; Mike Osburn, R-Edmond; Mark McBride, R-Moore; Tammy West, R-Oklahoma City; Mark Vancuren, R-Owasso; Lonnie Sims, R-Jenks. The lawmakers reminded the public that anyone feeling suicidal or experiencing thoughts of suicide should contact 988 or 911 immediately. LGBTQ youth also can call (866) 488-7386 or text "START" to 678-678 to reach the Trevor Project." 

Mar 5, 2024
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Sergeant CJ Nelson Legacy Act Passes House

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma House of Representatives unanimously passed the Sergeant CJ Nelson Legacy Act to provide free post-secondary education administrative fees and room and board for children of fallen first responders. House Bill 1795, authored by Rep. Mike Osburn, R-Edmond, would waive administrative fees in state colleges and universities and CareerTech centers for the children of peace officers, firefighters or emergency medical technicians who died in the line of duty. The measure is named after Sgt. CJ Nelson, who was the first Edmond officer killed in the line of duty. "Current Oklahoma statute provides tuition exemptions for children of fallen officers, but the cost of room and board can still discourage them from attendance," Osburn said. "The Sergeant CJ Nelson Legacy Act covers those costs to take a weight off children and families who unfortunately find themselves grappling with a tragic and often public loss." On July 22, 2022, Sgt. CJ Nelson, 38, was stopped at a red light on a motorcycle when he was struck by a utility truck. He later died at the hospital. Nelson was one day shy of his 13th anniversary with the Edmond Police Department and previously served two years with the Honolulu Police Department. Nelson and his wife Jenefer had two children, now 13 and 8. "We are so grateful for the authors of this bill and all who stand behind it," Jenefer said. "CJ's spirit of selfless service will live on through this legacy act. First responders and their families sacrifice so much to help and protect others. I find comfort knowing our personal tragedy can transform into something positive for the children of fallen first responders." "First responders and their families—not only in Edmond but across the state—feel very seen and heard today," said Edmond Chief of Police J.D. Younger. The bill passed the House 92-0 and now moves to the Senate, where it is carried by Sen. Kristen Thompson, R-Edmond.

Mar 22, 2023
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Bill Changing Felony Classification System Moves to Senate

A bill that could make major changes to Oklahoma's criminal code was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Wednesday. Rep. Mike Osburn, R-Edmond, has been working with various stakeholders on House Bill 1792 to organize the 1,100 felonies in Oklahoma's criminal code into standard offense classes with tiered sentence lengths and enhancements based on the severity of the crimes. "We are working with stakeholders on all sides of this issue to make sure this legislation moves the needle in a positive way," Osburn said. "It is important that the resulting system is constructive and workable for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges while making a meaningful impact on the state's prison population. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to improve the safety of our neighborhoods while saving taxpayer dollars." Osburn said the current language is not final, but the bill had to be approved by the House by the March 23 deadline in order to remain active for the legislative session. The felony classification system will take the next steps in the work begun by the Criminal Justice Reclassification Coordination Council. The Council was created by the Legislature in 2018 to review the criminal code and propose a felony classification system that would strengthen public safety while reducing or holding constant the size of the prison population. While the measure passed the House 71-19, it passed with its title off to allow for future amendments and a second House vote on the updated bill. HB1792 moves to the Senate for consideration as work continues.