Senator Anthony Sykes
attended school in Moore and Newcastle, graduating from Newcastle High School in 1991. He is the son of David and Kathy Sykes of Newcastle. Anthony is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Senator Sykes served in the Oklahoma National Guard.
In November 2006, Anthony was elected to represent District 24 in the Oklahoma State Senate when he defeated an incumbent. His election created a historic tie between the number of Republicans and Democrats in the State Senate, which resulted in a power sharing agreement between the two parties for the 2007 and 2008 sessions.
After the November 2008 elections in which Republicans took a Majority in the State Senate for the first time in Oklahoma history, Senator Sykes was elected Majority Whip by his colleagues. This marks the first time since 1983 that a Senator representing District 24 has served in Majority Leadership. Senator Sykes is a presiding officer for the 2009 and 2010 sessions, meaning he often has the gavel in hand presiding over the Senate Chamber.
Senator Sykes serves on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Energy, Rules, and Agricultural committees. Senator Sykes is the Chairman of the Appropriations sub-committee on Public Safety and Judiciary. Senator Sykes is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of American Legion Post 258.
Senator Sykes and his wife, Holley, were married on November 18, 1994 at the Freewill Baptist Church in Newcastle by the Reverend Frank Giles. The Lord has blessed Anthony and Holley with two wonderful children, and the Sykes currently reside in Moore. The Sykes are members of Emmaus Baptist Church in southwest Oklahoma City.