Congressman Steve Russell will host a town hall meeting at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in College Union Room 1 at Oklahoma City Community College. The event is free and open to the public.
A native Oklahoman, Russell graduated from Del City High School before earning his degree in public speaking from Ouachita Baptist University and completing the Army ROTC program. Russell was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant-Army Infantry, which began his 21-year career in the U.S. Army.
After finishing rigorous U.S. Army Ranger School in Class 11-87, he deployed to assignments in the Arctic, the desert, the Pacific, Europe and Continental U.S. stations. Operationally, he was deployed to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Russell commanded the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry and conducted combat in Tikrit, Iraq. His unit played a key role in the capture of Saddam Hussein, which is documented in his book, “We Got Him! A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein.”
Russell completed a master’s degree in history from the Command and General Staff College. Before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Russell earned the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster. He then returned to Oklahoma with his wife, Cindy, and their five children. As a member of the Oklahoma State Senate from 2008-2012, Russell led efforts to protect the unborn, combat human trafficking, support veterans’ benefits and reform the adoption process. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014.
Oklahoma City Community College is located at 7777 S. May Avenue. It is recommended that attendees park in Parking Lot D by the College Union, enter the building through College Union Entry 1 and proceed through the open double doors toward the College Union. Union Room 1 is the first meeting room on the left.