Chris is a 5th generation Oklahoman who is passionate about his native state, it’s future and it’s people. He was raised on his family farm, the son of a rancher and a public school teacher, who instilled in him a strong work ethic, a dedication to family and a deep Christian faith. As a conservative, Kidd is a strong believer in the Second Amendment and the Right to Life.
A graduate of Waurika High School, Kidd received an Associate Degree in Agricultural Science from Murray State College, and then went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Kidd is also a graduate of the 2014 Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program.
Kidd served as the Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor at Waurika High School and understands firsthand the importance of supporting Oklahoma’s public education systems. Chris also spent ten years working for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau advocating for Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers. Kidd and his father still operate their family cattle ranch in southern Oklahoma today.
In 2016, Kidd was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate and feels his personal experience in education, agriculture, and business prepared him for this opportunity to lead.
While in the Senate, Chris has been a champion for public education and supported measures to not only give a pay raise to our dedicated Oklahoma teachers but to also put much needed additional dollars into our classrooms to support our students. Chris and his family are all products of public education and he has seen the lasting impact that teachers have on our students.
His experience in the classroom affirmed to him that our schools provide opportunities and guidance that students are unable to receive anywhere else, including their own homes. He believes it is imperative that Oklahoma provides adequate funding to our schools, but also focuses on recruiting and retaining quality teachers who have the passion to make an impact on Oklahoma’s future generations.
Growing up outside Waurika, Chris knows there is nowhere better than rural Oklahoma. He also understands that for our rural communities to thrive, they must have reliable infrastructure. Chris has worked to increase support for our County Commissioners as they work to improve our transportation and utility infrastructure. The success of our communities depends on safe, reliable roads and bridges and access to quality, utility infrastructure.
Agriculture is in Chris’ blood. He was raised on a farm in the 1980s and he vividly remembers seeing the struggles and hardships faced by farmers and ranchers during the 1980’s farm crisis. The tenacity he saw from those in agriculture, especially his parents, left a powerful impact on him. He saw how they pressed forward to restore and secure everything they had fought for. Those years helped shape his character and his love for agriculture. This is why Chris has continually advocated for measures that support Oklahoma’s Farmers and Ranchers.
As a volunteer with the Claypool Fire Department, Chris has worked alongside our first responders and has seen their dedication and the sacrifices they have to make. This is why he has authored several bills to assist our rural police and fire departments and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Chris has great respect for our first responders and wants to make sure they always have the tools necessary to support and protect their communities.
In 2019, Chris married his wife Lindsey, who is the Community Engagement and Media Relations Manager for Mercy Health Systems in southern Oklahoma. He is a member of Addington First Baptist Church.