Grego Announces Campaign for District 17 State House Seat

Southeast Oklahoma native and Latimer County resident James “Jim” Grego has announced his candidacy for State Representative in Oklahoma’s 17th State House district. Grego will seek to replace State Representative Brian Renegar who will be vacating the seat due to term limits. He’s a registered Republican.

Grego, who grew up on a small farm southwest of Wilburton, is the owner of Grego Farms, a cow-calf and custom hay operation. Before becoming a full-time farmer, Grego served as the Postmaster at the Post Office in Talihina.

“I’m proud to call Southeast Oklahoma home,” said Grego. “We raised our family here and started a family business here, and it would be an honor to serve as a voice for our families and our communities as State Representative.”

Grego worked his way through school at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton and Oklahoma State University, taking a job as a meat grader with the USDA after earning his degree in Animal Science. He came home to Wilburton in 1986 when he was hired at the Post Office.

“Like so many, coming from humble beginnings taught me the importance of family, community and hard work. To ensure our children and grandchildren have the same opportunity to pursue the American Dream, we must find common sense solutions to our state’s challenges,” declared Grego. “As State Representative, I’ll work to grow our economy and create job opportunities, prioritize rural road and bridge improvements, provide fair funding for our education system, and hold the line on taxes.”

Jim and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 40 years and are the proud parents of two children, Justin and Landi, and one grandson. Jim serves as Chairman of the Latimer County Conservation District (22 years of service), Chairman of the West End Fire Department (20 years of service), and a board member on the Bowers School House community board. He is the current President of Latimer County Farm Bureau, and in 2010, was nominated by Senator Richard Lerblance and appointed by Governor Brad Henry to serve as Area 5 director to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

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