On April 2, 2013, John A. Pettis, Jr. was elected to serve as the Oklahoma City Council Ward 7 Councilman. At the age of 30, Councilman Pettis became the youngest person to be elected to the Oklahoma City Council.
A community volunteer and advocate, Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. has spearheaded significant social and political change locally and nationally. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Councilman Pettis is a third -generation elected official. Councilman Pettis’s Uncle, the Late Honorable John B. White, served as a member of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and Pettis’s Dad, Honorable John A. Pettis, served as City Councilman and Mayor of El Reno, Oklahoma.
Councilman Pettis spent a great length of time serving as an AmeriCorp member, volunteering in poverty communities in Oklahoma. Councilman Pettis serves in volunteer capacity as the Director of the Oklahoma Institute for Minority Affairs, Inc. Councilman Pettis is currently leading a national coalition comprised of Congressional and National Civil Rights Leaders, to improve equal employment opportunity regulations in the federal government.
For the past several years, Councilman Pettis has been serving as the Chair of the Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board Youth Council (Workforce Oklahoma), an organization that develops comprehensive strategies that ensure youth acquire the education, vocational skills, and moral support they need to reach their full potential and find success in the labor market. Under his leadership, thousands of adolescents were helped by the program and received the skills needed to find work as they transitioned into adulthood.
He continues to mentor many of the youth who successfully completed the
Councilman Pettis also serves as a board member for several other organizations in the Oklahoma City area, including the Boy Scouts of America- Last Frontier Council, the Rhonda K. Hudson Foundation for Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Trustee of the Faith, Hope, & Love Baptist Church in south Oklahoma City. He is also a member at the Bright Day Masonic Lodge 165, Greatwestern Consistory # 34, and Alaraf Temple Prince Hall-Shriners # 20.