Former Oklahoma City attorney Monte Johnson throws his hat into an already crowded race.
Big business and special interests are in control of Congress, not the people, said Monte Johnson
of Muldrow, which is why he
is throwing his
hat into the crowded ring for U.S. Senate
, 52, has no previous political experience, and said he
believes Congress no longer represents working people but is beholden to special interest groups and the wealthy. He earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma, and later earned a master's in law from Emory University in Atlanta.Johnson lived large as an oil and gas attorney in Oklahoma City beginning in 1981.
But several years of living in a Heritage Hills mansion, driving fancy cars and spending a lot money left Johnson feeling lost.
"Even though I was successful and making a lot of money, I felt empty," he
said."I had no meaning or purpose in my life."Subsequently, Johnson quit his law practice and moved to North Carolina, where he earned a master's degree in divinity from Duke University in 1996.
By 1998 he
had returned to Oklahoma
and set up a legal practice in Sallisaw, where he
served clients who ordinarily could not afford a lawyer, representing them whether they could pay or not.He also continues his work as an associate pastor with Trinity United Methodist Church in Muldrow.
- Monte Johnson
, of Muldrow, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate