SOPER – Clay Padgett officially filed his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District Friday, April 13 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

“I am running for the 2nd District because I believe it is time to end the era of hyper-partisanship and to regain the ideals we share as Oklahomans which reflect how we treat each other within our communities,” Padgett said. “It’s time for leadership that replaces empty rhetoric with work focused on making things better for everyone here in Oklahoma.”

Padgett recently retired from the Army after serving 22 years and moved back to his ranch in Soper where he has a cow-calf operation. He is currently a 5th-grade teacher at Antlers Public Schools.

While in the Army, Padgett rose to the rank of Colonel. His service included two combat tours to Iraq and one combat tour to Afghanistan where he commanded 1,100 soldiers in Kandahar. His awards and decorations include a Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantryman Badge and Ranger Tab.

“I have dedicated my life to serving this country and my community,” Padgett said. “The challenges facing our district today require bold leadership and if we do not fundamentally alter the direction we are taking, it will adversely impact us for generations to come.”

For more information about Padgett and his campaign, visit his website at or on Facebook at