Rep. Jacob Rosecrants was elected out of his classroom to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2017. Before that, he taught social studies at the middle and high school level in inner city schools. This experience gave Jacob a unique perspective into many of the issues and trauma facing children today and drove him to take action. It is his passion to do all he can to help children through positive advocacy and common sense bipartisan legislation.
Rep. Rosecrants's passion for public education has turned into bipartisan action. He recently authored and passed the Oklahoma Play to Learn Act (HB 1569), which empowers early childhood educators to teach with play in their classrooms. To help students achieve better academic, mental health, and physical health outcomes, Jacob is currently working on a bill to require at least 40 minutes of recess for pre-K through 8th grade students in public schools.
Jacob has resided in Norman over 30 years and is a proud product of Norman Public Schools and the University of Oklahoma. He is the father of two children, Spencer and Jonah, and four dogs, all of whom he raises alongside his long-time partner, Robin.
“I believe party politics has gotten in the way of progress, so I do my best to not let either an R or D in front of a name dictate how & why I make decisions, or with whom I work on policy. I also listen to learn rather then listen to dictate. I work for my constituents, not the other way around.”
“It’s my passion to do all I can to allow kids to be kids. The over-reliance on high-stakes testing is adding untold mental health strains, which is why I’m determined to empower parents to push back against it and why I work to protect play, outdoor time, and recess. The data proves what I believe: adequate time for recess leads to better academic and mental health outcomes and to fewer behavior issues in the classroom.”
Rep. Rosecrants’s platform includes strengthening our public schools, fighting government overreach, supporting local control, preventing suicide amongst young people and veterans, providing resources for public safety, and standing up for working families and retirees.
“As a former teacher, I do all I can to not only protect our public schools from attacks such as private school vouchers, but to also strengthen them by making sure they’re properly funded. Veterans' issues are always close to my heart, as I can think of no higher calling than to put one's life on the line for our country. I believe we should do everything in our power to provide for those who fought for us. I further know we need to seek a balance between employers and employees, so that we may all move toward progress together for the good of Oklahoma.”