A Lifetime of Leading & Inspiring
Pemberton is a strict constitutionalist of one who believes in upholding family values, personal responsibility, and he will stand strong to protect our personal liberties. With nearly a 26 year leadership experience in public education from serving as an Athletic Director to High School Principal at both Hilldale & Muskogee Public Schools, Mr. Pemberton will be effective on day one at the Oklahoma State Capitol to be a strong conservative voice at the table for District 9.
Dewayne Pemberton and his wife Claire Pemberton of 36 years have three grown children who have all served in the US Army. Pemberton recently retired from his 36th year in public education – a lifetime commitment to education and of leading & inspiring thousands of students, faculty members, and the local communities.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Social Studies and Health/Physical Education from University of Central Arkansas in Conway Arkansas where he graduated Cum Laude. Pemberton has completed masters work at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and has a Master’s in Education Administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He has a Principal and Superintendent Specialist certification from Oklahoma State University Tulsa. He spent the first 10 years in education as a social studies teacher, football, wrestling and track coach with Carlisle, Jay and Muskogee Public Schools. He was assistant head coach/defensive coordinator of the 1986 Muskogee High School State Football Championship team.
Pemberton states, “I believe in a limited government – one that encourages economic prosperity by allowing the private sector to freely work. I believe the free enterprise system is the single most effective system of economics in the history of the world. I also believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. We should fight to protect the life of the unborn except in rare cases of saving the life of the mother. Abortion must end. We should be fully aware of our states’ rights granted to us by the US Constitution. I will be the strong conservative voice of District 9 and will carry that voice of the district to the Oklahoma State Capitol and I would like to thank Senator Garrison for his years of service to our community.”
Dewayne Pemberton is a Republican, member of the NRA, the Chamber of Commerce, and is actively involved within the local GOP of Muskogee. The Primary election for Oklahoma Senate District 9 which covers Muskogee, Talequah, and surrounding areas will be held in June of 2016.
His accomplishments and awards include:
Named Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education "Administrator of the Year" in 1992
Oklahoma Association of Secondary Schools Principal District # 13 "Administrator of the Year" 1998
Oklahoma Association of Secondary Schools Principal District # 9 "Administrator of the Year" 2000
Oklahoma State High School "Principal of the Year" 2000
MetLife "National Principal of the Year" semifinalist 2000
September 11th, 2000 the City of Muskogee recognized Mr. Pemberton with the key to the city and
Proclaimed it "Dewayne Pemberton Day"
Named Oklahoma State Department of Technology "Outstanding School to Work Partner" 2001
Named APOE (Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators) Administrator of the Year 2005
Named Muskogee Phoenix Readers Choice "Best Principal" 2007