Joe Newhouse attended Broken Arrow Public Schools K-12, where he played basketball and ran track. As a high school senior he studied as an exchange student in Germany. Joe graduated from Georgetown University with a major in International Economics and became a jet pilot in the US Navy and married Laura, his college sweetheart. Assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, then LT Newhouse flew multiple combat missions in the EA-6B Prowler during the Iraq War providing aerial coverage to Marine convoys over Fallujah and Baghdad, ultimately earning the Air Medal. He has 186 carrier trapped landings.
After the war he was selected to teach fighter tactics at Navy Flight School in Pensacola, FL, where he was later named Instructor Pilot of the Year. He qualified as Expert in both pistol and M-16 and tested fluent in 2 foreign languages. Upon completion of service, Joe and Laura returned to Tulsa to raise their 4 children and became active members at their church, RiverOaks Presbyterian.
Joe graduated #1 in his masters program at Chapman University (Los Angeles, CA) and earned certification as a PMP® (Project Management Professional) and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Joe served as a Field Representative for Rep. Jim Bridenstine for 3 years and was a member of the Governor’s task force to bring the F-35 to Tulsa as well as a board member for Coffee Bunker, a veteran service organization. He is a real estate broker and runs his own property investment business. He continues to serve part time in the Navy Reserve as a Commander where he recently completed a tour as a military adviser to NATO.
Elected in November 2016, Senator Newhouse is proud to be the voice for the 75,000 citizens of Oklahoma State Senate District 25, which includes Bixby, South Tulsa, Jenks, & Broken Arrow. He had a very productive first year session where he advanced several conservative bills and scored the highest Conservative Index among the 13 freshman Senators. Joe has been temporarily recalled to active duty in support of counter-terrorism operations in North Africa.