State Senator Keith Leftwich died at age 49 of cancer.
Keith Leftwich Memorial Library at South Oklahoma Community College named in his honor.
Served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1990-2003.
Served in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives from 1982-1988.
The Oklahoman, Sep 21, 2003:
Senator Keith Leftwich, 49, passed away Friday, September 19th, 2003, after a valiant battle with cancer. Senator Keith Leftwich was born to John V. and Paulyne Leftwich on July 6th, 1954 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
He grew up in Choctaw, Oklahoma, and graduated from Choctaw High School where he received the William Randolph Hearst Award for High School Seniors. He attended O.U., and was awarded the Nora Wells Award for Outstanding Junior Man. While attending the University of Oklahoma he was active in the Young Democrats and Student Government. He received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree from Oklahoma City University.
After college, Keith worked in both print and broadcast media in news gathering and reporting. He broadcasted on a daily Business News Commentary on KEBC-Radio as a Stockbroker for Anderson Bryant & Co. and taught college level courses in investment. His public service began in 1982 when he was elected to the State House of Representatives for District 91 in South Oklahoma City. He served three terms in the House where he chaired The Committee on Government Operations and Interim Committee on Legislative Procedures. He left the House in 1988.
From 1989-1991, Keith Leftwich worked as Executive Vice President at the Del City Chamber of Commerce. During 1992-1993 he worked as the Economic Development Director at the Beacon Publishing Company. From 2000-2002 he was the Executive Director of Coles Garden.
In 1990, Keith Leftwich won election to the State Senate, representing District 44. He served as the Chairman of Transportation Committee, Chairman of the General Government & Transportation Subcommittee on Appropriations, as well as a member of Appropriations, Business and Labor Committee, Human Resources Committee, Retirement and Group Health Committee, and the Rules Committee. He was a Majority Whip in the Senate. During his life in public service, he authored bills that put prisoners to work, fought juvenile crime & gangs, created stiffer penalties on prostitution, stopped unwanted telemarketing harassment, reformed utility regulations, and that have improved business practices in state government.
Among his many involvements were the South OKC Chamber of Commerce, the O.U. Alumni Association, Project KIDS, South OKC Optimists, The Salvation Army, National Youth Sports Coaches Association, the State Central Committee of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, PTA's and Neighborhood Associations. He served as Chairman of NASCO (North America's Superhighway Coalition), former Chairman of the Hillcrest Senior Center Board, and former Chairman of the Oklahoma County Election Board. He was a member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church where he was a former Youth Director and Coach of their Basketball teams.
He is survived by his wife Debbe; two sons Kurt and Kevin of the home, a brother Jim Leftwich and wife Mamie of Waco, Texas; a brother Jack Leftwich, sister Barbara Pinter and husband Bill of Dallas, Texas; father-in-law Dave McLain of Newalla and brother-in-law, David McLain of Oklahoma City.
To those he left behind, he will be remembered as a courageous, thoughtful, and inspiring human being. To his wife Debbe, he will be remembered as a loving and caring husband. To his son Kurt, he will be remembered as the father that everyone should have. To his son Kevin, he will be remembered as an inspiration. And to his people on the Southside, in the State Capital, and the State of Oklahoma, he will be remembered as the model state lawmaker, whose motto was, 'The only life worth living is one of service to others.'
A celebration of the life of Senator Leftwich will be 10 am Wednesday, September 24, 2003, at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Avenue. Please follow signs to entry 6 on West Side of Campus. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the Carl Albert Foundation, 531 Couch Drive, Ste 200, OKC, 73102.
Father: John V. "Buster" Leftwich, 1927-1978
Mother: Virginia Pauline Parker
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