G.T. and Susan believe strongly in demonstrating to their children the importance of community service – a value that runs deep in the Bynum family. G.T.’s great-great grandfather was Tulsa’s second mayor, serving from 1899-1900. G.T.’s maternal grandfather, Robert LaFortune, remains a highly respected member of the community who was Tulsa’s mayor from 1970-1978 before returning to his oil and gas business.
G.T. Bynum was elected to the Tulsa City Council in 2008. During his time on the Tulsa City Council, Councilor Bynum has focused on fiscal restraint, public safety, and infrastructure. He led the successful effort to enact the largest streets improvement package in the City's history, authored the first City sales tax cut in Tulsa history, crafted budget amendments putting Tulsa Police Department helicopters back into service and doubling the number of Police academies, authored legislation creating the first municipal rainy day fund in Oklahoma, and coordinated efforts to establish the first municipal veterans treatment court in the United States.
G.T.’s contributions have been recognized beyond Tulsa. In 2014, he was selected as the only city councilor in the nation to participate in the Moneyball For Government Fellowship Program, a project designed to bring greater efficiency to limited local government budgets through increasing the use of data, evidence and evaluation when spending taxpayer money.
G.T. is the managing partner of Capitol Ventures, a firm which assists Oklahoma companies and communities with federal contracting and business development. G.T. previously worked in the United States Senate for Senators Don Nickles and Tom Coburn. He has also worked on the senior management team of a national real estate firm and for the American Red Cross.
G.T. currently serves on the boards of directors for Leadership Oklahoma and the Tulsa Historical Society. He is also a member of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Advisory Council and the Augustinian Advancement Advisory Council. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Tulsa, G.T. is a member of Christ the King Parish.
G.T. attended Eliot Elementary in the Tulsa Public Schools system. He earned his Eagle Scout designation as a member of Troop 73 during his high school education at Cascia Hall.