WHO IS COLLIN WALKE?
THE EARLY DAYS:
Collin is a born and raised Oklahoman from Del City. Collin learned family values from his two loving parents, who have been married for over forty years. For years, Collin watched his father, who is now a judge, serve and advocate for their neighbors as an attorney, which inspired Collin to follow him into the practice of law. Collin’s mom stayed home with her boys before going back to school and then reentering the workforce. She is now an executive at Hobby Lobby. Growing up, Collin enjoyed wrestling, fishing and hunting.
Collin graduated valedictorian in his class at Del City High School. He went on to study Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. Collin earned his J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Collin has long been committed to working for the common good. He has proven himself as a community leader through his service as a board member and current board president of Oklahoma’s largest homeless shelter, which also runs the most successful private drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in the state.
Lori graduated from Moore High School and then went to Oklahoma State University on an athletic scholarship, earning a BS in Political Science and MS in Healthcare Administration. After her time at OSU, Lori earned her JD at Oklahoma City University School of Law where she fell in love with Collin. After law school, Lori went to Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, and now holds a Masters of Divinity degree. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and servers as associate minister at Mayflower Congregational UCC.
Collin and I began dating while we were both earning our law degrees at Oklahoma City University School of Law. At the time, Collin volunteered weekly at a local homeless shelter, playing pick-up basketball games with the kids there. He also served on the Board of Christian Education at our church, Mayflower Congregational UCC. Almost a decade later he is still committed to that work. This is the kind of devotion to the common good that we need at the Capitol – someone who has seen first-hand the needs of our community, who is also willing to roll up his sleeves to help.
We have been married now for eight years, and his devotion to public service has only grown. In addition to those significant commitments I mentioned above, Collin went to bat for our public schools fighting TIFs that pull money away from classrooms and teachers. As an adjunct professor, Collin knows that students are best equipped for college and the workforce when public education is fully funded. He also fought for criminal justice reform, working for changes that keep us safe but also help people get back on the right path. This is the kind of devotion to the common good that we need fighting for us – someone who is already in the trenches making a difference.