July 13, 2017: Michael Brooks, Democrat, was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate District 44 seat and Karen Gaddis, Democrat, was elected to the Oklahoma State House District 75 seat in special elections held in Oklahoma on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Brooks, defeated Joe Griffin, Republican, to represent a district in the southwest Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Brooks received more than 54 percent of the votes cast. Brooks is a lawyer who has focused on immigration issues at his southside practice. Griffin is a former television reporter and communication aide for two Speakers of the House. He is studying to become a lawyer. The District 44 Senate seat has been vacant since former State Sen. Ralph Shortey, Republican, resigned amid child prostitution allegations. In Tulsa's House District 75, voters picked Gaddis to succeed former State Rep. Dan Kirby, Republican, who resigned following an investigation into sexual harassment claims made by a former assistant. Gaddis defeated Tressa Nunley, Republican, with more than 52 percent of the votes cast.