Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) lost his reelection bid Tuesday in a surprise defeat at the hands of a political newcomer.
Political neophyte Jim Bridenstine, a Navy pilot, topped Sullivan 54 percent to 46, with 94 percent of precincts reporting.
He gained national attention in February of this year when he told constituents at a town hall meeting that shooting senators would be the only way to pass the House GOP budget. "You know, but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them," Sullivan said.
He later apologized for the remark.
Sullivan won a 2002 special election to fill the seat vacated by Steve Largent, who resigned to run for governor. He held a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
In 2009, Sullivan took a leave of absence from Congress to attend the Betty Ford Center to deal with an addiction to alcohol. His arrest record was a campaign issue in 2004, when it was revealed he had been arrested for the assault and battery of an off-duty police officer in 1982 and for public intoxication and disturbing the peace in 1985.
Republicans are expected to hold the heavily GOP district, which Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) carried with 64 percent of the vote in 2008.