Setting the scene for success
Brad Raven, 44, was born and raised in Beaver County, the fourth generation in his family. His parents are Glenn and Sharon Raven, and they still live on the old home place. Brad, his twin sister, Bridget, and brother, Ty, played in the canyons and beside the creek, “with not a care in the world.”
The Ravens were active in team roping and FFA stock shows, where Brad would show his prized hogs. “Getting up in the morning at 6 to go feed those animals, then getting ready to catch the school bus … that gives you responsibility that you learn at a very young age, but it carries you throughout your life,” Brad said.
Through 4H, Brad learned public speaking, social and communication skills that serve him well today as District 1 county commissioner. When he is asked to address a group like the rural caucus at the state Capitol, Brad does not hesitate.
Taking care of the people
As county commissioner, Brad has faced budget struggles head on. “We don’t have the advantage of not passing a budget or going into another session. I’ve had to make some hard decisions during the past 11 years, and I’m prepared to do the same as a state legislator.”
Brad is a conservative Christian, 100 percent pro-life, a defender of the Second Amendment and an ardent supporter of rural schools. He is a member of the National Rifle Association.
“We have to maintain our infrastructure, our roads and bridges, our rural hospitals, and we have to retain our teachers,” he said. “We need good-paying jobs for the hard-working folks in District 61.”
Family and fellowship
Brad and his wife, Mary, a teacher in Laverne schools, have been married for 22 years. They have a son, Tracer, 20, a college freshman. Most of the past 20 years Brad and Mary have been devoted to their son’s education and extracurricular activities.
Brad is a past president of Laverne Sports Booster Club, and a past member of Laverne FFA Boosters and Laverne Livestock Boosters. He coached his son’s T-ball and Little League teams. Brad also taught Sunday School at Midway Country Church for many years. The family attends Trinity Faith Fellowship in Laverne.
In his spare time, Brad enjoys watching Thunder basketball, Oklahoma State University football and basketball, and deer hunting.
“I enjoy being outside, sitting in a deer blind watching the world come alive or watching some of the most beautiful sunsets the Lord has ever painted in the Panhandle of Oklahoma. I also enjoy watching all high school sports.”