Coates represents Senate District 28 which covers all or portions of
Lincoln, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties. He was elected
to the Oklahoma State Senate in November 2002 and re-elected without
opposition in 2006.
During his time in the State Senate, he has authored numerous pieces
of major legislation looking out for Oklahoma’s children and seniors
and protecting the rights of families and business owners.
In 2006, he was the Senate author of HB 2840, also known as the
Kelsey Smith-Briggs Child Protection Reform Act,
designed to better protect children from child abuse. The law gives
DHS and judges the authority to request investigative resources from
the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. It also establishes
stronger review procedures allowing for greater input by those acting
as advocates for a child’s safety, health and welfare.
That same year, he also was the Senate author of the “Stand
Your Ground” law (HB 2615), which broadened the rights of
law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. The “Stand Your Ground”
bill extended some of the protections provided under the 1980's
Oklahoma “Make My Day” law, which gave homeowners the right to use
deadly force, if necessary, to protect themselves and their families
against intruders. Coates’ bill extended that protection to other
locations, such as a vehicle in the case of a carjacking and a parent
using force to protect their child in the backseat. Coates believes
Oklahomans have the right to protect themselves and their property.
In 2010, he got SB 1289 approved and signed into law to better protect
Oklahoma’s seniors. The bill closed a loophole in state law aimed at
restricting dangerous criminals from working in nursing homes,
assisted living centers or adult day care centers. Previously, the law
didn’t address those individuals who pled guilty or no contest, or
were given a deferred sentence. SB 1289 closed that loophole to keep
dangerous criminals out of nursing homes and assisted living centers
and away from our loved ones.
That year, he also successfully carried Senate Pro Tempore Glenn
Coffee’s and the Republican leadership’s Worker’s Comp bills (SB 1973,
HB 1611, HB 2650 and HB 2652) in the Senate. Together, Sen. Coates and
Pro Tem Coffee crafted SB 1973. These major reforms to the state’s
Worker’s Comp system will help make Oklahoma more attractive for
business and workers. The new laws will result in reduced costs for
employers and an improved and more effective worker’s compensation
system for injured workers in Oklahoma. It’s estimated that the new
laws will save Oklahoma businesses at least $60.5 million.
During his time in the Senate, he has been honored by several groups
with special achievement and “legislator of the year” awards including
the following, among others:
- 2006 Oklahoma
Rifle Association Legislator of the Year
- 2008 Child Advocates Hall of Fame (recognized for outstanding
efforts in reforming policy for the children and youth of Oklahoma)
- 2008 State Chamber of Oklahoma’s Defender of Free Enterprise,
Legislative Advocates for Business
- 2009 Seminole State College Alumni Hall of Fame inductee
- 2009 Distinguished Service Award, State Regents for Higher Education
Besides his role
as a state Senator, Coates is also a construction consultant whose
firm operates throughout the United States and the Caribbean. He has
worked in the construction industry for more than 40 years.
Coates is a member of several professional and civic organizations
including the National and Oklahoma Rifle Association and the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association. He is a member of each of the Chambers
of Commerce located in his district. He is also the past president and
a current board member of the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum in
Seminole as well as a board member of The Education and Employment
Ministry (TEEM) in Oklahoma City.
He has five
children - Jeremy, Heather, Eddie, Brandon, and Andrew.
Harry E. Coates
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 232
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Executive Assistant: Sherry Mitchell
|US 377 N.
Seminole, OK 74868
District Information: District 28
Zip codes Represented
73045, 73054, 74023, 74026,
74059, 74079, 74801, 74804, 74824, 74830, 74832, 74834, 74837,
74840, 74851, 74852, 74854, 74855, 74857, 74859, 74864, 74868,
74869, 74873, 74875, 74881, and 74884
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