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Ponca City Senator Dies

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
November 11, 2011

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Oklahoma State Senator David Myers passed away early Friday morning following a battle with pneumonia.

Myers graduated from Oklahoma State University, worked for ConocoPhillips as a chemical engineer and was elected to the Senate in 2002.

While in the Senate, Myers worked his way up to Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, helping guide the state through a $500 million dollar shortfall in the budget last session.

State leaders are reacting to the passing of Senate Appropriations Chairman David Myers.

Ponca City Republican Senator David Myers made quite an impression in his nine years in the capitol even from those outside the Senate.

House Speaker Kris Steele calls Myers “a gentle giant, bringing infectious doses of sincerity and dedication to everything he did.”

Governor Fallin calls the appropriations chairman “a dedicated guardian of taxpayer dollars and resources.”

From his fellow Senators there was nothing but respect.

Democratic leader Sean Burrage says Myers was “a man of great intellect, character and integrity.”

And, President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says his friend was “the standard by which any public servant should be measured: humble, selfless and dedicated beyond question.”

Myers was 73-years-old

Comments have started coming in from leaders in state government.

Governor Mary Fallin statement on the passing of Senator David Myers:

“Senator Myers was a principled public servant and, as appropriations chairman, a dedicated guardian of taxpayer dollars and resources. His passing is a tremendous loss to the Oklahoma Senate, his constituents and the entire state. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. I’m asking all Oklahomans to join me in keeping his wife Sara and the rest of his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman:

“The loss of Senator David Myers is one that will be deeply felt by so many at the State Capitol and across Oklahoma. He was the standard by which any public servant should be measured: humble, selfless, and dedicated beyond question. But most important of all, he was a great friend. David’s strength of conviction and uncompromising values will be remembered by all who had the honor of serving alongside him. Simply put, Senator Myers made a difference. The thoughts and prayers of the state Senate are with David’s wife, Sara, and his family. He will be greatly missed.”

Statement from incoming Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage:

“We are saddened by the news of the passing of Senator David Myers. Senator Myers was a gentleman and known as a man of great intellect, character and integrity. He was the go-to Senator on many of our most difficult issues, including the state budget. It is Oklahoma’s loss and he will be missed by the entire State Senate family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”

Statement from Lt. Gov Todd Lamb who served with Myers in the Senate:

“Today Oklahoma has suffered a significant loss. Senator David Myers was a pillar not only at the State Capitol but also among the Oklahomans he served diligently in Senate District 20. A hardworking man full of compassion and conviction, Senator Myers had a powerful impact on the state he loved. Serving alongside Senator Myers in the State Senate was truly an honor and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sara and family.”

House Speaker Kris Steele comments on passing Sen. David Myers

“We already miss Senator Myers at the Capitol and in life. He was a gentle giant, bringing infectious doses of sincerity and dedication to everything he did. I was always thoroughly impressed by the thoughtful, conscientious approach he took to his service in the Senate. There is no doubt Senator Myers will be remembered as a statesman, through and through. I am honored to have served with him. The thoughts and prayers of the entire House of Representatives are with his family, friends and colleagues during this time of loss.” – House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee

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