Business owner and former Ada Mayor Greg McCortney has taken his oath of office and begun his first term in the Oklahoma State Senate. McCortney was sworn in during a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday.
“I’m grateful to my family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens for their tremendous support, and I look forward to serving in the Oklahoma State Senate,” said McCortney R-Ada. “The economy continues to be a critical issue for our state. We need to pursue legislation that will help existing businesses create jobs and attract new ones, as well as legislation that protects our families, our seniors, prioritizes excellence in education, and reflects the importance of safe, modern transportation systems.”
In addition to serving as mayor of Ada, McCortney also has served on the Ada City Council. He’s the former chair of the Ada Chamber of Commerce and served on the State Water Quality management Advisory Council.
Born in Ada, McCortney attended Ada public schools, later earning a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University and a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Following graduation he became a minister and eventually became chaplain for an Oklahoma City hospice—that work led him to return to his hometown and open McCortney Family Hospice in 2004 and McCortney Family In-home Care in 2008. His family-run businesses now have locations in Ada, Norman and Ardmore.
Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Mike Schulz said he was looking forward to working with McCortney in the 2017 session.
“Senator McCortney will be a strong voice on behalf of District 13 in the State Senate. His experience will be a valuable asset to our caucus as we work to build a stronger and more prosperous Oklahoma,” said Schulz, R-Altus.
McCortney and his wife, Ashley, are the proud parents of Addison, age 14, Reagan, 12, and Carl, 10.
The Senate will hold a one day organizational meeting on January 3, and the 2017 session will formally get underway on February 6.