Sand Springs Education Foundation
Hall of Fame
M. David "Pete" Riggs
A Class of 2000 inductee is former State Representative and State Senator. M. David "Pete" Riggs. Riggs graduated from Sand Springs High School in 1955, attained a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy from Phillips University in 1959, a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma in 1962, and a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1968.
Riggs began working as a counselor for delinquent and neglected children with the Tulsa County Juvenile Court in 1960. He was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1970 for District 66 and served until 1986, then served two years in the Oklahoma State Senate. He served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy, and the Sutton Avian Research Center.
After leaving the legislature Riggs began practicing law on a full-time basis as a senior partner at Riggs Abney law firm, which he co-founded in 1972.
He was awarded the David Hess Award for Outstanding Citizenship by the Sand Springs City Council in 2010.