In September 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Jack Thorp to the position of district attorney for District 27 after he served seven years as first assistant to outgoing top prosecutor, Brian Kuester.
“Jack Thorp has been a prosecutor for nearly 20 years and has extensive jury trial and courtroom experience in prosecuting complex cases,” said Fallin upon recommendation from Kuester. “He is mindful of the critical nature of public service, and has exhibited a dedication to serving the public. He will serve the people of Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties well as district attorney.”
Thorp was Kuester’s right hand in the day-to-day operations of the office, which represents the people of Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties.
Kuester said in a letter to Fallin, “[Thorp] has played a critical and vital role in creating a district attorney’s office in which the people of this district can place their trust. His reputation is impeccable among the honest, law-abiding people who know him.”
Thorp served on the U.S. Navy’s USS Doyle (FFG-39), earning commendations from Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 and Commander Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic Fleet. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Thorp graduated Magna Cum Laud from the University of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Midway through law school, Thorp served as a licensed intern with the Prosecuting Attorney for the Fifth District in Arkansas. Upon law school graduation, he was appointed Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Fifth District in Arkansas.
From 1999-2005, Thorp served as Coordinator and Prosecuting Attorney in charge of the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force, while working for Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons. In that capacity, Thorp specialized in drug crimes, drug asset forfeiture, and violent crimes.
Thorp returned to Oklahoma in 2005 to accept an appointment as an Assistant District Attorney for Tulsa County where he served for five years.
After receiving his law license under reciprocity with Arkansas, Thorp began his Oklahoma career working for then-Tulsa DA Tim Harris as a felony prosecutor.
Within a couple of months, Thorp cemented his reputation as a hard-as-nails, tough-on-crime prosecutor, winning convictions for murder, rape, robbery, shooting with the intent to kill, and other high-profile crimes. He also earned respect for his commitment to prosecuting crimes against children.
In the fast-paced, high-volume Tulsa office, Thorp worked his way up to the position of Team Captain, supervising prosecutors assigned to the Felony Division. He earned Tulsa’s prestigious “Top Gun” award in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Thorp came to District 27 to be Kuester’s First Assistant District Attorney in January 2011. In his seven-year tenure, he’s managed the offices’ 63 employees in four counties, while navigating a multi-million dollar budget through years of consistent budget cuts.
Thorp continues his exemplary litigation track record, winning some of the biggest murder cases in recent District 27 history. Two of his murder cases were showcased on the Discovery ID Channel’s crime documentaries, Snapped, Murder Calls and Swamp Murders. Another of his cases – the Tiffany Maher Murder trial –
will be featured on an episode of Cyber Murders.
As of Thorp’s appointment to DA in September 2017, Thorp had tried 94 felony jury trials, including 37 murder cases.
Thorp has lectured before the Tulsa County Bar Association, District Attorney’s Council, National Crimes Against Children Conference, National Crimes Against Women Conference, Partners for Change Conference, with the ATF, and before the Oklahoma Attorney General, Human Trafficking Working Group. He also serves as an adjunct professor of criminal law at Northeastern State University.
Jack is a proud Republican and Wagoner County Resident. He will complete his current term in January 2019.