Janet ran a successful dental practice for over 24 years. As a champion of America’s free-enterprise system, she understands the challenges faced by small businesses. As a dentist, Janet understands the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. Janet will oppose Democrats’ attempts to give the federal government even more control over patients’ medical decisions. Janet will fight to restore healthcare freedom.
After her husband’s death in 2009, Janet and one of her sons assumed operation of Cosmo Energy, which today is a thriving, fast-growing oil and gas company. With over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Janet knows that the energy industry creates good-paying jobs for Oklahoma families, which is why she will fight against liberal Democrats’ anti-energy, job-killing policies.
In her church, Janet serves on several boards and works in ministries. She has worked in the parish mission in Peru and continues to support their efforts. She has also been an advisor to and assists with financial support to a nonprofit that serves children in the Oklahoma foster care system. Janet is a member of the Oklahoma City Republican Women’s Club and has been active in many Republican Party activities, including serving as a state convention delegate in 2019 and as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2012.
Janet also has years of experience as an education reformer and supporter of education choice. She founded two charter schools — Independence Charter Middle School and Harding Charter Preparatory High School, that have won many accolades for their academic excellence. In 2011, Janet answered the call to reform Oklahoma’s education system, becoming the first Republican elected State Superintendent of Schools. Under her leadership, Janet improved reading scores using phonics-based instruction and raised achievement for many of the worst performing schools. Janet led in the effort to bring true transparency and accountability in reporting for everything from academic performance to expenditures of state and federal tax dollars.
Janet and her husband John have twin sons, Joe and Ben. After John’s death in 2009, Janet and her sons became strong advocates of appropriate mental health treatment, suicide prevention and support for families surviving suicide.
Janet was overjoyed when their family grew with the marriages of Ben to his wife Emmalee and Joe to his wife Erin. Since that time, Janet has assumed her favorite title, “Mimi,” to her four adorable grandchildren. The entire family anxiously awaits the birth of a fifth grandchild in the spring of 2020.