John Jarman
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John Jarman
John Henry Jarman II
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district

January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1977
A.S. Mike Monroney
Mickey Edwards
Member of the Oklahoma Senate

Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives

Personal details
BornJuly 17, 1915
Sallisaw, Oklahoma
DiedJanuary 15, 1982 (aged 66)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Political partyDemocratic (until 1975)
Republican (1975-1982)
Spouse(s)Ruth Virginia Bewley
ChildrenJohn Henry (Jay) Jarman III
Susan Jarman
Steve Jarman
Alma materYale University
Harvard Law School
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1942-1945
UnitSecurity Intelligence Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II

John Jarman (July 17, 1915 - January 15, 1982) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma for 26 years from 1951 to 1977.

Early life and career

Jarman was born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and graduated from Yale University in 1937 and from Harvard Law School in 1941. Jarman was admitted to the bar in 1941 and began his law practice in Oklahoma City. Jarman enlisted in the United States Army in January, 1942 (about a month after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor). He served in the Security Intelligence Corps during World War II and was eventually discharged from military service in December, 1945. He was married to Ruth Virginia Bewley and had three children, John Henry Jarman III, Susan Jarman and Steve Jarman.

Jarman was later elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives and then later to the Oklahoma State Senate; Jarman was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1950 as a Democrat.

Jarman switches parties

Jarman was reelected 11 times without serious difficulty, even as the Oklahoma City area trended increasingly Republican at the local level. Although the district had only supported a Democrat for president only once since Harry Truman, most local offices were still held by Democrats. By the 1970s, however, Republicans began making gains at the local level. As proof of this, in 1974, Jarman was nearly defeated by Republican newcomer Mickey Edwards in a year when Republicans were severely punished for the Watergate scandal.

On January 24, 1975, Jarman switched parties and became a Republican in protest of the removals of F. Edward Hébert, Wright Patman and William R. Poage from their committee chairmanships.[1] Jarman claimed that the Democratic Party Caucus had changed over the years and that certain elements of the Caucus "force their liberal views on this Congress and on this country by nullifying the seniority system and punishing those who do not adhere to the liberal party line as laid down by the caucus."[1]

He did not run for reelection in 1976. Mickey Edwards won the seat, and the district remained in Republican hands until Kendra Horn unseated Steve Russell in the 2018 midterm elections approximately 42 years later.

Retirement and death

Jarman declined to seek re-election to the House in 1976.[2] After leaving Congress, he decided to resume his practice of law in Oklahoma City, where he remained until his death there on January 15, 1982.[3] Jarman was laid to rest at Rose Hill Burial Park. Jarman spent much of his later life in Mexico and with his children and their families in Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Colorado. He loved animals - especially small dogs, horseback riding, the rough wilderness of Wyoming, Oklahoma and Colorado.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Congressman leaves Democratic Party". Lodi News-Sentinel. Lodi, California: Google News Archives. United Press International. January 24, 1975. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Albert's Top Aide Loses In Sooner Primary Bid". The News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina: Google News Archive. Associated Press. September 23, 1976. p. 11.
  3. ^ "People In The News". Eugene Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon: Google News Archive. January 18, 1982. p. 14F.

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