Drew Edmondson grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Navy with duty in Vietnam before returning to his home town to teach high school speech and debate. He was elected to the Legislature in 1974 and served one term before entering law school at the University of Tulsa. Drew practiced law with his father, Ed Edmondson, and his brother, current Supreme Court Justice Jim Edmondson. In 1982, while serving as Chief Prosecutor for DA Mike Turpen, Edmondson announced his candidacy and was elected District Attorney for Muskogee County. This was the first of his three unopposed elections as DA.
In 1994 Drew ran for Attorney General and was elected. He was unopposed for re-election in 1998, and was re-elected with over 60% of the vote in 2002 and 2006. In 2010 he ran unsuccessfully for Governor and is now in the private practice of law in Edmondson Law Offices and also works through Edmondson and Associates Consulting, both located here in Oklahoma City.
In his professional career, Drew was recognized by his peers by being elected President of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, and selected as the outstanding DA in the state. He was also elected as President of the National Association of Attorneys General and won their prestigious Kelly Wyman Award. He is recognized in this state for his litigation against the tobacco industry and for his efforts in creating the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. He was also instrumental in creating the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust.
Drew is married to the former Linda Larason of Fargo, Oklahoma, who holds a masters in social work, and they have two children, Mary Elizabeth, married and living in Arlington, Va., and Robert Andrew, married and living in Oklahoma City. Mary is an attorney and Robert holds a PhD in cultural anthropology.