Highlights of the Fourth District
The Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma, located in the southwest region of Oklahoma, is comprised of 16 counties: Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Pontotoc, Stephens, and Tillman; as well as a small portion of Oklahoma County and Canadian County.
Oklahoma's Fourth District celebrates a rich cultural and military history, as well as economic diversity and vast agricultural assets and products. The largest employers in the district include Fort Sill Army Post, Tinker Air Force Base and the University of Oklahoma. The citizens of Oklahoma's Fourth District, young and old, are blessed with an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic that has prepared them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Welcome to the Fourth District of Oklahoma!
Tinker Air Force Base located in Midwest City is Oklahoma's largest employer with about 24,000 employees, including 8,000 military. Within Tinker's 5,033 acres is an economic impact of about $2.8 billion. The largest component of Tinker is the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center that provides depot maintenance, management expertise, product support and supply chain management as well as installation, services and information support for 31 weapon systems, 10 commands, 93 Air Force bases and 46 foreign nations.
Fort Sill is composed of about 94 thousand acres or 145 square miles of mountains, rolling hills and prairie in the southwestern part of the state outside of Lawton. About 22,000 people work and train at Fort Sill. The base has deployed troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and many other places around the world. The Field Artillery School at Fort Sill is the world's Joint Fires and Effects University. More than 21,000 Soldiers and Marines are trained there annually.
Oil and Gas
Oklahoma has a long history in the energy industry with the first year of oil production in 1891. When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, it ranked first in oil production in the United States. The oil and gas industry is an important source of employment in Oklahoma. Carter and Stephens County, both located in Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District (along with OK County) are most aided economically by the energy industry.
World's First School of Petroleum Geology
Charles Newton Gould, known as the "Father of Oklahoma Geology", established in 1900 at the University of Oklahoma what is now the School of Geology and Geophysics. It became the first school of petroleum geology in the World.
According to the 2012 U.S. Census, Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District is the home to more than 13,200 farms across approximately 5 million acres of land. Winter wheat, hay, corn for grain, peanuts and pecans are Oklahoma's top crops. Oklahoma rank's 2nd in the nation in the production of winter wheat, 8th in the production of pecans, 1st in the production of rye, 7th in the production of grain sorghum, 7th in peanuts, 25th in peaches and 11th in watermelon. Oklahoma also is a large producer of cattle, ranking 5th in the nation. Oklahoma beef cattle, hogs and sheep produce 3.22 billion pounds of meat per year.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park System, was established in 1906 to provide for the protection of it's unique recreational, cultural and natural resources, including springs, streams, lakes, hiking trails and historic structures. From prehistoric times to the present, access to the combination of cool water, mineral springs, cool breezes, shade, and wildlife has created at Chickasaw National Recreation Area an experience that sets it apart from the surrounding environment.
Wichita Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1901,Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge consists of 59,020 acres of land. It is one of more than 530 refuges throughout the United States managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The Refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, white-tailed deer, and Texas longhorn cattle. More than 50 mammal, 240 bird, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge.