Senator George Young

Reverend Doctor George E. Young, Sr. was born in Memphis, Tenn. He retired from 30 years of Pastoral role in 2013. In 2021 he was called back into pastoral ministry and accepted the pastoral at the Greater Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Dr. Young and his late wife Dr. Thelma Chambers Young have two children, and three wonderful grandsons. Dr. Young was elected to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 2014. While serving in this role he was elected as the Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and served as the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus Chair. As of November 6, 2018, he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senator. Dr. Young is the author of Christology: A Look At Practical Christianity.

He is a Certified Mediation Specialist in Family and Divorce issues. He earned his undergraduate degree from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. Continuing his educational journey, he earned a Master of Arts in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduating Cum Laude, and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University in December of 2006. He completed his Doctor of Ministry from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2010. As Pastor of Holy Temple Baptist Church, he initiated a partnership that sponsored the largest Back to School Block Party and School Supply Give-Away in the Northeast Quadrant of OKC. He led the church in completing a multi-million-dollar senior Housing Project (Temple Gardens). In 2020, he secured additional funds for substance abuse/mental health directly benefiting Senate District 48 agencies. In June 2022, he was elected by the people of Oklahoma Senate District 48 to serve four more years, his last eligible term in the Oklahoma Legislature due to term limits. As of November 2024, he will have served his last term as Senator of Senate District 48. Senator Young has submitted his letter of resignation from the OK Senate as of November 2024.

Young continues to build a compelling legacy with memberships on boards including past and present with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Red Cross, United Way, Leadership OK Board, Leadership OKC BD, Sigma Pi Phi, Oklahoma City, Council of State Governments Healthy Task Force, 2020-present; Oklahoma Democratic State Convention Delegate to Democratic National Convention (4 National Convention as a delegate), his Senate Committee Memberships: Agricultural & Rural Affairs; Public Safety, & Judiciary; Business & Commerce; General Government; Health and Human Services, and Retirement and Insurance. Notable Lifetime Memberships: National Association of Colored People (NAACP); Oklahoma Academy; Urban League of Greater OKC; Kappa Alpha Psi Province; Kappa Alpha Psi National; and Leadership Oklahoma. Young is vigilant and persistent as he assists in the furtherance of his community, in doing so he continues to gain recognition. He is the recipient of the 2021 Neighborhood Services Organization – Good Samaritan Award; 2021 Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits President’s Award; and 2022 Leadership Oklahoma – Distinguished Graduate Award, Phillips Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumni and many others.