New OK Speaker of the House
The 72 member Republican Party elected its new leadership including Oklahoma’s first African American House Speaker on Thursday as it gets ready for the 2013 legislative session.
Republicans met for more than three hours to select their leaders including Speaker-Elect T.W. Shannon of Lawton who was approved by unanimous consent.
Shannon says the 72 members cramped into a small committee room on the fourth floor shows the need for repairs at the capitol.
“We’ve got to be focused on the maintenance issues first obviously but yeah it’s pretty cramped in there but it’s exciting. That makes it even more rewarding the work that these candidates have done to get where they are and work for the people of Oklahoma.”
Enid Republican Mike Jackson was voted in as the Speaker Pro Tem.
Shannon will take the position as Speaker officially on organizational day in January.