Bartlesville – Andy Coleman, Republican U.S. congressional candidate for Oklahoma’s First District, received the endorsement of former Oklahoma State Senator Denzil “Denny” Garrison last Friday. Garrison has a long and distinguished record of public service. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, Garrison later served as the county attorney of Washington County. Eventually, Garrison served 16 years in the Oklahoma Legislature as the Republican minority leader in both the State House and Senate.

“Andy’s unique background—particularly his service overseas with the military—sets him apart,” said Garrison. “America needs leaders with that type of service and experience. And that’s why I am supporting him in his race.”

Coleman is running to replace Congressman Jim Bridenstine, who previously announced his intention not to seek reelection following the current term.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this important endorsement,” said Coleman. “I admire what Senator Garrison has done for Bartlesville, for Oklahoma, and for the United States of America.”

Coleman is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a military veteran of Iraq, and a former attorney. For the last several years, he led all field efforts in the Middle East for The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), a Bartlesville-based Christian ministry that helps persecuted Christians in the world’s most difficult countries. In that sensitive role, Coleman travelled throughout the region 80 to 100 days each year, and oversaw an extensive annual project portfolio.

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