Claremore Daily Progress


June 3, 2006

Vinita resident seeks House seat


Hoskin was born in Claremore, raised in rural Craig County and has been a lifelong resident of Vinita. He is married to Stephanie, a former kindergarten teacher and elementary principal, who currently works as an educational consultant. Hoskin has two grown children — Charles Jr. of Vinita and Amy of Muskogee, and two grandchildren.

Hoskin graduated from Vinita High School in 1970 then volunteered for military service. After completing his honorable service in the United States Navy, Hoskin followed his father and brother’s footsteps and became a journeyman ironworker. He later worked his way through college as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service. Hoskin earned his Associates degree from NEO A&M; College in Miami and his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Many in the community know Hoskin from the years he spent as a teacher and coach in Vinita and as a school administrator in Locust Grove.

In his tenure as a Cherokee Council representative for Craig and Nowata counties, Hoskin has put people first. He has served as the chairman of the Education Committee which has allowed him to directly impact the youth in the area through the development of education scholarships for career-tech, undergraduate, and graduate students. Hoskin has improved healthcare by playing an important role in increasing the size of the Nowata clinic and in the development of the Vinita clinic. Hoskin has worked directly with the area’s County Commissioners, law enforcement officials and fire departments by working together to fund road improvements and by updating, replacing, and enhancing equipment so that all citizens are better protected.

Hoskin has learned a lot from his legislative experience.

“I’ve learned that when people at all levels of government work together, everyone benefits. I’ve been fortunate to take part in making life better for people, but I know there is more work to be done,” he said. “This part of rural Oklahoma has shaped my values; it has made me who I am. I owe a debt of gratitude to the people and communities of this area. I will work hard to repay that debt by putting the people of District 6 first as their State Representative.”

Hoskin may be reached at 918-256-3229 or

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