Kyle Hilbert, State House District 29

Pledging a fresh perspective in the State Capitol, Depew native Kyle Hilbert is the Republican candidate for State House District 29. Current Rep. James Leewright is seeking the region’s Senate seat, and will be vacating the House position at the completion of his term in 2016.

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Hilbert, an Agribusiness graduate of Oklahoma State University, said he represents the next generation of leadership.

“As we have seen over the past seven years, we need legislators of integrity who will stand up for the rights of the people of Oklahoma against overreach by federal bureaucracies,” Hilbert said.

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“For far too long, the political establishment in Washington has been attempting to tell us how to conduct our business. We, as Oklahomans, must hold fast to the Constitution and our traditional values that have made our District great.

“We must prepare for the future, with an eye toward creating a healthy, diverse job market, preserving individual freedom, promoting our small businesses and preventing government overreach,” he said.

“I am 100% Pro-Life and 100% Pro-2nd Amendment. Stripping away the rights of law-abiding citizens would do nothing to keep guns and other devices out of the hands of those who intend to do harm. We must protect this right along with the rights of the unborn who cannot defend themselves.

While at OSU, Hilbert was President of the OSU Student Government Association, was one of fifteen graduates given the distinction “Outstanding Senior” and served as a State FFA Officer.

“Agriculture is part of who I am, and it’s one reason I am so passionate about defending private property rights and making sure our state’s voice is heard above the Federal government’s,” Hilbert said.

“But I also know that agriculture is just one part of our economy. I will also work to ensure a prosperous education system. According to the State Chamber, by 2020 64% of Oklahoma jobs will require post-secondary education, but only 37% of working adults will have it. This is unacceptable. An educated workforce is essential for any long-term success in our state.

Upon graduation from OSU, Hilbert returned to the family-run business, DoughBoyz Pizza & Equipment, based in Depew. Doughboyz manufactures and distributes pizza-related products to “mom and pop” grocery stores in mostly rural communities across Oklahoma.

“Creek County is my home. I have went to church in Depew my entire life, relatives on both sides of my family live here and, Lord willing, Alexis and I intend to raise a family of our own in this community. It would be an honor to serve my family and friends as your Representative in District 29.”

Hilbert is a graduate of Depew High School where he exhibited show pigs through FFA and has a small cow-calf operation. He is the son of Kerry and Shelly Hilbert and is engaged to be married to Alexis Wiebe in August.