OCRA employs a lobbyist, Scott Adkins, to protect the interests of Oklahoma court reporters at the State Capitol and to promote our profession to elected officials all over Oklahoma. Court reporters work with the law, and the laws of Oklahoma are made at the Capitol. It is critical that Oklahoma court reporters have an advocate for our profession to the state legislature, as well as the executive and judicial branches of Oklahoma government.
Scott Adkins is the President of Scott Adkins Consulting, Inc., an Oklahoma based lobbying, government affairs and political consulting firm, specializing in energy, telecommunications, technology, and health care issues, as well as grassroots and corporate political organization. Among the many clients Adkins has represented are Google, Ardent Health Services, 7 Eleven Stores, Oklahoma Dental Association, Corrections Corporation of America, Marathon Oil Company, Chevron USA, Visteon, Oklahoma Court Reporters Association, and Northeastern State University.
Prior to founding his own company, Scott Adkins served for six years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. As one of the youngest members of the legislature, Adkins was appointed to the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee, as well as the Energy, Banking, Insurance, and Public Health Committees. While serving as a State Representative, Scott was named to the prestigious Energy Council, an international organization of energy producing states, Canada and Venezuela. Representative Adkins is best known as the author of Oklahoma’s “Internet Predator Law,” and the landmark “Brandy Thurmond Law,” that requires mandatory prison sentences for those convicted of using a weapon in the commission of a crime of violence.
While in the legislature, Representative Adkins traveled to Poland and Hungary and met with many of the regions political leaders as a member of a delegation chosen by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In 2001, Scott was one of 3 Americans chosen by ACYPL and the East-West Center to meet in Singapore and Malaysia on emerging Asian environmental issues and in 2003 Adkins led a delegation of young American leaders to the Kingdom of Morocco to discuss the history and future of US relations. In 2005, Scott traveled again to Morocco on behalf of the International Republican Institute to assist many of the Moroccan political parties with campaign training and grassroots political organization.
Before entering public service, Adkins was a Vice President with the Arvest Bank Group, an executive with Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, and the national marketing manager of LaBarge Electronics, an aerospace technology and defense systems firm.
Scott Adkins graduated from The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He completed his undergraduate work while married and managing a business full time in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Adkins also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas. Scott attended SMU on scholarship and worked as a graduate assistant.
Scott and his wife, Diana, currently reside in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where they are active in numerous community and church activities. He has two children, Alexandra who is nineteen and Scotty who is seventeen.