Former Oklahoma state Rep. John Bryant died of an apparent heart attack Sunday (February 13). On Monday, state leaders in both political parties, friends and family remembered the Tulsa Republican who was a champion of Oklahoma’s charter school reforms. After service in the Legislature, he became a lobbyist. One of his clients was the small association advocating for expansion of the charter school model.
Praise for Bryant came from across the political spectrum, and from friends who knew him all his life.
Monday afternoon, Governor Mary Fallin said, in a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK and other news organizations:
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of John Bryant. John and I got to know each other well when we shared an office suite during my time in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was an effective and hardworking legislator and was dedicated to improving our state. He’ll be missed by his many friends at the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family during this difficult time.”