Gary Richardson (lawyer)

Gary Richardson (born February 5, 1941) is an American lawyer practicing in Tulsa, a former U.S Attorney, a candidate for Oklahoma Governor and twice-unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Congress. As of 2018 he is a partner in the Richardson Law Firm, P.C., a plaintiff law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[2]

Gary Richardson
Gary Richardson meeting with local Oklahoman boy (cropped).jpg
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
In office
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byBetty O. Williams[1]
Succeeded byDonn F. Barker
Personal details
Born (1941-02-05) February 5, 1941 (age 80)
Caddo, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (before 2002, 2017–present)
Independent (2002–2017)
Alma materSouthern Nazarene University
Oklahoma City University
South Texas College of Law


Richardson attended college at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and graduated with a B.A. degree and a minor in education in 1963. He attended Oklahoma City University School of Law where he was distinguished with the honor of receiving top grades for First Year Law students. He also attended the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, and earned his J.D. in 1972.

Richardson was the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Oklahoma's Second Congressional District in 1978 and 1980, both times losing to Democrat Mike Synar.

Richardson served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma from 1981 to 1984. In 1981, along with the U.S. Attorneys for the two other Federal Districts in Oklahoma, Richardson was involved in the prosecution and conviction of 210 County Commissioners who were engaged in a systematic kickback scheme that had been going on for decades.[3]

In 1991 Richardson represented former McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Vic Feazell in a defamation case against Dallas TV station WFAA which resulted in what at that time was the largest libel judgement in U.S. history.[4]

In 2002, Richardson unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Oklahoma as an Independent candidate. He came in third behind the winner, Democratic candidate, Brad Henry, and the Republican candidate, former Congressman Steve Largent. Richardson received a total of 146,200 votes (or 14 percent) of the 1,035,620 votes cast (see a table of this result at [1]).

On April 23, 2017, Richardson announced that he would be running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.[5] In April 2018, Richardson faced criticism for a campaign advertisement intended to promote his stance on illegal immigration. The ad referenced the June 2015 death of Bob Barry Jr., a longtime sports anchor at Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR-TV (channel 4) from 1982 until shortly before his death, in an accident in which his motor scooter collided into a car being driven by Gustavo Gutierrez – an undocumented Mexican immigrant who had thrice been deported from the U.S. prior to the accident – who was conducting an illegal U-turn across two southbound lanes at a northwest Oklahoma City intersection. KFOR/KAUT general manager Wes Milbourn noted that the duopoly was obligated to run the ad as it met FCC campaign advertising requirements, but noted that "we were displeased with their advertising tactics and the exploitation of Bob Barry [Jr.]". In a written statement, Barry's son, Matthew H. Barry, said that "the Barry Family finds it deeply concerning that Mr. Richardson chose to feature the tragic and untimely death of our [f]ather in his campaign advertisement without seeking consent. [... W]e find it very troubling that Mr. Richardson ran an advertisement that could imply that the Barry family endorses in any way his election as Governor of the State of Oklahoma. In sum, the Barry family does not appreciate the liberties taken by Mr. Richardson and his campaign; and condemn the utter lack of respect shown towards our tragic loss.”[6][7] The primary was held on June 26th; Richardson placed sixth in a ten-man primary.[8][circular reference]

Summary of the November 5, 2002 Oklahoma gubernatorial election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  Brad Henry Democratic Party 448,143 43.27%
  Steve Largent Republican Party 441,277 42.61%
  Gary Richardson Independent 146,200 14.12%
Total 1,035,620 100.0%
Source: 2002 Election Results


Initial primary results by county:
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2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial Republican primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mick Cornett 132,806 29.3
Republican Kevin Stitt 110,479 24.4
Republican Todd Lamb 107,985 23.9
Republican Dan Fisher 35,818 7.9
Republican Gary Jones 25,243 5.6
Republican Gary Richardson 18,185 4.0
Republican Blake Stephens 12,211 2.7
Republican Christopher Barnett 5,240 1.2
Republican Barry Gowdy 2,347 0.5
Republican Eric Foutch 2,292 0.5
Total votes 452,606 100.0


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  3. ^ "Toll 230 as book closes on county commissioner scandal". 1984-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
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  5. ^ Felder, Ben (April 24, 2017). "Richardson announces run for governor, seeks Republican ticket". The Oklahoman. Retrieved April 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Sarah Stewart (April 30, 2018). "Gary Richardson political ad stirs controversy". KFOR-TV. Tribune Broadcasting. Retrieved May 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Gary Richardson exploits Bob Barry Jr.'s death in new campaign ad…". The Lost Ogle. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ [[2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial election}]]
  9. ^ "State Election Results, Statewide Primary Election, June 26, 2018".

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