Longtime Okmulgee attorney to seek judgeship

Rod Weimer

Rod Wiemer announces candidacy

Rod Wiemer, 52, longtime Okmulgee attorney and baseball coach, announced this week he will run for district judge. 

Wiemer said he is running to bring stability to the bench and to serve the people of Okmulgee, Okfuskee and Creek counties.

“Leadership is about service, and service is about caring,” said Wiemer, known for his volunteer work on the local school board and coaching youth baseball. 

Wiemer has served in private practice for nearly three decades. For 20 years, he served under three governors on the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System Board. He also served as general counsel to Creek Nation Principal Chief A.D. Ellis and as special prosecutor to the Muscogee Creek Nation, prosecuting more than 50 bribery, embezzlement and public corruption cases.

“I have been a practicing attorney for 27 years, and it’s now my time to serve the good people I have grown to know and love,” Wiemer said.

Wiemer began making an impact as soon as he moved to Okmulgee as a high school student. He and his late twin brother, Vince, played tennis on an undefeated team for three years at Okmulgee High School. Wiemer graduated in 1983 as valedictorian.

He continued his education at the University of Tulsa, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1987. He earned his juris doctorate at TU with honors in 1990.

Wiemer met his wife, Penny, at TU and they have been married 26 years. They have one son, Sammy, 19, a freshman at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. The Wiemers attend St. Anthony Catholic Church in Okmulgee.

Wiemer enjoys practicing law, but when he is not in the office, he’s helping shape young minds on the baseball field. He began coaching Little League when his son was young and took that team all the way through the 18 and Under division. He has coached two other generations of teams and for the last four years has been bench coach and pitching coach at Okmulgee High School. 

“The thing about practicing law is that there’s a winner and a loser. With coaching, it’s not actually about winning and losing, it’s about teaching them to execute. If you play well and lose to a good team, there’s no shame in that. If you play poorly and beat a bad team, you get nothing out of that,” he said.

In addition to coaching, Wiemer has served on the Okmulgee Public Schools Board, City of Okmulgee Community Relations Committee, Creek Council House Museum Board, helped re-establish the Okmulgee Pecan Festival, was a founding member of Okmulgee Education Foundation, and was honored with the YMCA Volunteer Award in both 1998 and 2000.

He is a member of both Okmulgee County Bar Association and Muscogee (Creek) Nation Bar Association. 

The Seat 3 District 24 judgeship is a non-partisan race and will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 6. 

For more information, visit RodWiemer.com.


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