Neese says she's now a resident of congressional district she seeks to represent
Republican Terry Neese, who announced last week her plans to run for the congressional seat that includes most of Oklahoma County, said Monday that she moved into the district within the past month after spending the last several years in another congressional district.
Neese said she rented an apartment in Oklahoma City “three or four weeks ago.” She said she also changed her voter registration to Oklahoma County in the same time frame.
Neese has been a resident of Yukon, in Canadian County, for the last few years. Voter registration records show she was still on the Canadian County rolls on March 30. The home she owns in Canadian County is in the 3rd Congressional District.
Neese announced last week that she plans to seek the 5th Congressional District seat.
Neese’s campaign spokesman did not respond to requests for comment on Monday. Neese called The Oklahoman after a story was published on the paper's website reporting that she did not live in the congressional district she wanted to represent.
In her announcement last week, Neese, 71, said, “Like many of the hard-working residents of the 5th District, I am deeply concerned with the political infighting in Washington and the direction in which our country is moving.”
The 5th Congressional District is represented by U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, an Oklahoma City Democrat.
Horn last year defeated incumbent Steve Russell, a Republican who also didn’t live in the 5th District when first elected in 2014. Russell lived in south Oklahoma City, just outside the boundary of the district he was elected to represent. He later moved inside the district.
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The U.S. Constitution only requires that members of the U.S. House live in the state in which they serve.
The 5th district includes most of Oklahoma County and Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.
State Sen. Stephanie Bice, an Oklahoma City Republican also announced her candidacy for the 5th Congressional District seat last week.
Neese is the founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services and the co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy. In 1990, she was the GOP nominee for Oklahoma lieutenant governor.