|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oklahoma's 5th district
January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1977
|A. S. Mike Monroney|
|Member of the Oklahoma Senate|
|Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Born||July 17, 1915|
|Died||January 15, 1982 (aged 66)|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Political party||Democratic (until 1975)|
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Virginia Bewley|
|Children||John Henry (Jay) Jarman III |
|Alma mater||Yale University |
Harvard Law School
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942-1945|
|Unit||Security Intelligence Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Jarman was born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, on July 17, 1915 and graduated from Yale University in 1937 and from Harvard Law School in 1941. He was admitted to the bar in 1941 and began his law practice in Oklahoma City.
Jarman enlisted in the US 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 discharged from military service in December 1945.
He was married Ruth Virginia Bewley and had three children: John Henry Jarman III, Susan Jarman, and Steve Jarman.
Jarman did not sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto and voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but not the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,1964, and 1968.
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 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. For example, in 1974, Jarman was nearly defeated by a Republican newcomer, Mickey Edwards, despite Republicans being severely punished that year 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. Jarman claimed that the House Democratic Caucus had changed over the years and had elements that "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."
He did not run for re-election in 1976. 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.
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, and the rough wilderness of Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Colorado.