Ryan Leonard Seeks GOP AG Nomination
Oklahoma City attorney Ryan Leonard, former legislative assistant to former U. S. Senator Don Nickles, says he will be a candidate for attorney general next year. "My top priority will be to keep Oklahoma families safe," said Leonard, a Republican. "Oklahoma needs an effective advocate who will work tirelessly to fight illegal drug use, keep our children safe from Internet predators and stand up for victims of crime." He said he also wants to focus on consumer fraud, identity theft and financial scams. A native of Beaver, Leonard was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma and has served on the boards of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Central Oklahoma Red Cross and the Oklahoma Academy of State Goals. Leonard is a past president and co-founder of the Downtown Club of Oklahoma City, and a member of Leadership Oklahoma. In 2008, Leonard co-chaired the finance team for Sen. John McCain in Oklahoma, and co-chaired Lawyers for McCain. He is the son of U. S. District Judge Tim Leonard and the son-in-law of former Governor Frank Keating. Attorney General Drew Edmondson, a Democrat, is expected to run for governor next year.