With strong Oklahoma roots and an educational and professional background in both business and nonprofit work, AJ Griffin brings to the State Senate tremendous insight into some of the most challenging issues facing Oklahoma families today.
A life-long Oklahoman, AJ Griffin grew up on a family farm in Adair where three generations made their homes. The child of educators, she graduated from Adair High School then continued her education with a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Griffin went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, in human environmental science education.
Griffin gained business management experience working in the restaurant industry. She eventually entered education, sharing her professional knowledge by becoming a teacher and hospitality careers instructor, helping others acquire the skills and education needed to launch new careers. Those experiences merged when she began a new career managing non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Oklahoma children and families.
Her values and interests are reflected in her tremendous volunteer work, community support, and in the honors and awards given to her over the past several years. Griffin has served as chair for the First Christian Church Board, the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Child Abuse Training and Coordination Council. She’s been a member of the Oklahoma Substance Service Alliance, the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services, Oklahoma Sports Museum Board of Directors, Mercy Health Systems Advisory Board for Logan County, and Logan County United Way Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Guthrie Rotary Club and the Chambers of Commerce for Guthrie, Kingfisher, Perry and Pawnee. She is an appointee to the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. Griffin is an Elder at the First Christian Church in Guthrie.
Among her honors and awards in recent years is the 2013 Primary Care Association Legislative Champion of the Year, Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselor Association Legislator of the Year, 2013 Oklahoma Second Amendment Association (OK2A) Legislator of the year, CASA destinguished service award and the Oklahoma City PanHellenic Alumnae Association Woman of the Year in 2012.
First elected to the State Senate District 20 seat in 2012, Griffin services as Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus as well as Chair of the Senate Rules Committee. She has worked to write and pass legislation to address Oklahoma’s fastest growing substance abuse issue—prescription drug addiction. She also authored as legislation to better protect victims of child abuse. With an eye on saving tax dollars through greater efficiency, she’s also passed legislation combining and streamlining agency boards and improving county government operations.
Griffin, her husband of 22 years Trey, daughters Alexandra and Reagan make their home in Guthrie.