A Republican state Senator from Tulsa says he's resigning his seat to pursue a promotion in the private sector. But, his resignation won't be effective until January 31, 2018.
Sen. Dan Newberry is an executive at the Tulsa Teachers' Credit Union. He was first elected to office in 2008, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.
Newberry is the sixth Republican lawmaker to resign from office since November 2016, for reasons varying between private sector job offers, sex scandals, and ethics complaints. Another lawmaker, David Brumbaugh, died in April.
Governor Mary Fallin will have to set a date for a special election to replace Newberry.
The Journal Record reported last week that the cost for special elections in Oklahoma this year could be as much as $200,000. A special election to replace Newberry could increase that number by as much as $44,000.