Jim Dunlap was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1996. Prior to that, he served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1988 to 1995. Dunlap served as the Senate Republican Floor Leader 2001-2003, and has served in various other leadership positions during his legislative career. He has been the author of major legislation in the areas of workers' compensation reform, crime victims and sentencing, and fraternity hazing.

July 1, 2003, Tom Ridge, U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security, announced the appointment of Dunlap to the Homeland Security Advisory Council's State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee. Secretary Ridge established the committee of 13 individuals to provide advice on increasing America's security from experts representing state and local government.

August 2001, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced the appointment of Dunlap as its National Chairman for 2002. As the ALEC National Chairman, Dunlap led the 21 member Board of Directors and was responsible for setting policies and priorities for the 2,400 member, national association of state legislators. Under Dunlap's leadership, the ALEC agenda was dedicated to developing model policies based on the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty.

Dunlap was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Drury College. He retuned to Bartlesville upon graduation and helped operate the family construction company, Dunlap Construction which his grandfather started in 1939, and which his dad and brothers still operate today. He is married to Pamela Thompson Dunlap and has three children, Harrison, Preston, and Avery. Dunlap and his family are members of Oakdale Baptist Church in Edmond.

Dunlap currently operates his own governmental affairs consulting companies, Jim Dunlap Consultants, LLC, and Majority Plus, LLC.


Legislative Accomplishments

  • Taxpayers Network Inc., U.S. Delegate to International Economic Development Summit, Ireland
  • American Legislative Exchange Council, U.S. Delegate to European Union Exchange, Belgium
  • National Conference of State Legislators' National Conference Panelist, "Telecommunications"
  • Victims' Rights, House Bill 2271, allowing victims' families to testify in a capital murder case in the sentencing hearing
  • Workers' Compensation Reform, House Bill 1476
  • Delegate to the Republican National Convention
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders, U. S. State Department Delegate, Australia
  • ALEC National Orientation Conference Speaker, "Training for New Legislators"
  • ALEC Annual Meeting Conference Speaker, "Ozone Transport Assessment Group"
  • Fraternity Hazing, House Bill 1906, prohibiting hazing activities against any organization and prohibiting the endangerment of children

Service Citations

  • Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Appreciation Award
  • Oklahoma State Troopers Association, Legislator of the Year
  • Oklahoma Higher Education Council, Friend of Higher Education Award
  • State Government Affairs Council, Outstanding Leader Award
  • Oklahoma Association of Health Underwriters, Legislator of the Year
  • Bartlesville Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Oklahoma Jaycees, Outstanding Young Oklahoman
  • Victims' Advocate of the Year, Washington County
  • Oklahoma District Attorneys, Appreciation Award
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • Governor's Lifetime Award, OK Jaycees Recipient

Community Service

  • Member, Oklahoma City Club 29 Rotary
  • Member, Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Bartlesville, Class II President
  • Leadership Oklahoma, Class V
  • Bartlesville Jaycees, Club President


  • Masters in Business Administration, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Drury College, Springfield, Missouri
  • Sooner High School, Bartlesville, Oklahoma


  • Golf, Former Club Professional