Biography

Cliff Branan is a fourth generation Oklahoman and conservative representing the 40th District of the Oklahoma State Senate. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, he received a B.A. in finance from the University of Oklahoma after graduating from Heritage Hall. Branan has been a licensed commercial real estate broker for 30 years. In 1995, he started Branan Property Company, which specializes in the sale and leasing of office properties.

Branan serves as Chair of the Senate Energy, Telecommunication and Environment Committee, and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation. He also serves on the Appropriations, Rules, and Transportation Committees and the Joint Committee on State Tribal Relations. He previously served as the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. In addition, in 2006, 2008, and 2010, he was elected by his caucus to serve as Majority Whip.

Branan has been the primary author of numerous measures that have been signed into law and has been a key figure in legislative efforts to make Oklahoma a destination for job growth and prosperity.

As Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Branan led landmark efforts to increase funding for bridge repairs and construction. Transportation infrastructure improvements made possible by the legislation have supported Oklahoma’s economic foundation and contributed to substantial growth and development across the state.

The Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED) has honored Branan with the Pathfinder Award, reserved for legislators who register the highest score on the organization’s rankings for pro-growth policy and leadership. Senator Branan has the highest score of any of the senior Senators, with a cumulative score of 96%.

Branan has twice been honored by the OIPA (Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association), the state’s largest oil and gas association, as Legislator of the Year. The organization selected Branan for the honor in 2006 and 2011.

Branan’s leadership on energy policy has also earned the recognition of peers and industry leaders. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Energy Council (Dallas, Texas) and the Executive Committee of the Southern States Energy Board (Atlanta, Georgia). He is also the 2012-2013 National Chairman of CLEER, the Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (Dallas, Texas.)

An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Cliff Branan is proudly married to the former Connell Sullivan, his lovely wife of 19 years. They have two children, Ford and Langley.