TIM DOWNING - OKLAHOMA HOUSE DISTRICT 42
Calling for a return to traditional values in America, Republican Tim Downing, an officer in the United States Army Reserve, a former prosecutor and assistant pastor, announced his candidacy for the state House of Representatives.
A native of rural southern Oklahoma, Downing grew up working on farms and graduated from a small rural high school in Garvin County. He and his wife, Lan, have four children. The Downings met while Lan worked at Tio’s Mexican Restaurant in Pauls Valley.
Downing said the loss of Rep. Lisa Billy in 2016 because of term limits is a loss to Garvin and McClain Counties. “She is a stateswoman, and a true woman of God who led by example, not by mere words.” Following her legacy, Downing was selected for leadership his first session as Assistant Majority Whip, and Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee – Civil and Environmental. He also served on the Judiciary Committee – Criminal Justice and Corrections, the Utilities Committee, and the A&B Transportation Subcommittee. Downing has been a strong advocate for conservative policies at the Capitol.
Prior to being elected Downing worked as a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General and as a JAG officer in the United States Army Reserve. He says his experience as a conservative in the legal system provides him the knowledge to make changes here in Oklahoma while fighting against federal overreach.
Downing says Oklahoma must become a better financial steward of its resources and “say no to excessive government spending and debt.” He wants to end the overregulation of businesses, strengthen rural schools, keep transportation as a priority, and he described himself as pro-life from the start of life to its natural end.
While in ministry, Downing worked his way through school earning a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a Masters in Management from Oral Roberts University. He also supplemented his income by working in construction and started his own business building houses. He earned a Juris Doctor from Regent University in Virginia.
Downing worked as a legal fellow in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator James Inhofe on important issues facing Oklahomans and the Nation. He also worked two years for Jay Sekulow and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) on issues including opposition to Shariah law, defending Israel, opposing Obamacare, defending religious freedoms, protecting unborn children, fighting for military chaplains and defending traditional marriage.
Returning to Oklahoma, Downing went to work for Scott Pruitt as an Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Oklahoma in the criminal appeals process to ensure decisions rendered by judges and juries are upheld in appellate courts. He was promoted to General Pruitt’s executive team serving as his Director of Legislative Affairs.
Downing also joined the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). Immediately following basic training, his unit received a one-year mobilization to Fort Hood in support of Operation Enduring Freedom missions in Afghanistan. While at Fort Hood, Downing was appointed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Downings have been married fifteen years and have four young and very energetic children. They live southwest of Purcell and are actively involved in ministry at Crossroads Church in Pauls Valley. The decision for Tim to run for office was made as a family, and they are committed to securing a great future for the next generation of Oklahomans.
Tim Downing is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Any use of his military rank, job titles and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.