Inman Names Remaining Leadership Positions for 54th Legislature

State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 17, 2012

 

Democratic Leader Scott Inman

State Capitol Building Rm. 548

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105

Contact: Valorie Owens

405-962-7604

Inman Names Remaining Leadership Positions for 54thLegislature 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 17, 2012) – The House Democratic Leader today announced the final leadership positions within the caucus for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions.

Last week Leader Scott Inman of Del City named Ben Sherrer of Chouteau the Democratic Floor Leader, and this morning he unveiled the assistant leadership team who will work with Floor Leader Sherrer to advance democratic ideals on policy issues in the House chamber.

“I have chosen exemplary leaders who bring integrity, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic to these positions,” said Leader Inman. “They are a diverse group of leaders and I appreciate the strengths in the differences between each of them.”

Appointed as Assistant Democratic Floor Leaders are Steve Kouplen of Beggs, Jeannie McDaniel of Tulsa, Brian Renegar of McAlester, Wade Rousselot of Wagoner, Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City and Emily Virgin of Norman.

Mike Brown of Tahlequah was re-appointed to the position of Democratic Appropriations and Budget Advisor.

“These are all critical appointments that will strengthen our caucus going forward, and both Floor Leader Sherrer and I are excited to work with such a dynamic, intelligent and committed group of public servants in the coming session,” said Leader Inman.

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House Democrats Announce Leadership for 54th Legislature

State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 13, 2012

 

Democratic Leader Scott Inman

State Capitol Building Rm. 548

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105

Contact: Valorie Owens

405-962-7604

 

 

House Democrats Announce Leadership for 54th Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 13, 2012) House Democratic Leader Scott Inman today announced his leadership team appointments for the 54th Legislature.

“I am incredibly proud to be surrounded by such a dynamic and energetic leadership team, and I know moving forward that they will each work tirelessly to champion our democratic ideals on the House floor,” said Leader Inman, D-Del City.

Leader Inman appointed Ben Sherrer of Chouteau as the Minority Floor Leader for the 54th Legislature. Serving directly under Leader Inman, he will be charged with maintaining contact between the leadership and the members of the House on policy issues and working to advance the goals of the Democratic Party.

For the past four years Rep. Sherrer has served in leadership as the Minority Whip and as the Senior Judiciary Advisor for the Democratic Caucus.

“Since elected Rep. Sherrer has served with integrity, compassion and conviction, and he’s also one of the hardest working men I know,” said Leader Inman. “I am confident in his skills and understanding of the challenges ahead, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming session.”

Representative Sherrer graduated from Inola High School and continued on to Oklahoma State University for his undergraduate degree and Oklahoma City University for his Juris Doctorate. Prior to opening his own law office he was an auditor for the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s office, a bailiff for the Oklahoma County District Court, and both a city and town attorney for Chouteau and Pryor, respectively.

Leader Inman appointed Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita to serve as the Minority Whip. The Whip is charged with marshaling support for positions on the floor. Rep. Hoskin will be working closely with Leader Inman and Democratic Floor Leader Sherrer throughout the session.

“Rep. Hoskin cares deeply about the welfare of our state, and I know he will work hard to move Oklahoma forward,” said Leader Inman.

Rep. Hoskin graduated from Vinita High School and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his honorable discharge he continued his education at Northeastern State University where he earned his Masters of Education in School Administration. He taught American History and Government at Vinita Public Schools then served as an Administrator for Locust Grove Public Schools. Rep. Hoskin is a former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor and currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Serving as the Assistant Minority Whip is Cory Williams of Stillwater, who held this position during the 53rdLegislature.

Rep. Williams graduated from Stillwater High School and went on to attend Oklahoma State University where he received a B.S in Political Science and a M.S. in International Trade and Development. He completed his law degree from Oklahoma City University and currently operates his own law firm.

Eric Proctor of Tulsa was re-appointed to serve as Deputy Minority Floor Leader.

Prior to being elected to state office, Rep. Proctor served as a youth minister and a high school Economics, History and Government teacher.

The House Democrats last year re-elected Warner resident Jerry McPeak to serve as Caucus Chair, and re-elected Joe Dorman of Rush Springs to serve as the Caucus Vice-Chair.

Leader Inman appointed Curtis McDaniel of Smithville to serve as the Minority Caucus Secretary.

Rep. McDaniel has a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and a Masters in Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A longtime educator, he served as a vocational agriculture instructor at Oney, Helena-Gotry, Smithville and Newcastle school districts, and later as principal at Smithville High School until his retirement upon election to office.

“I think with our leadership team we’ve struck a great balance of rural and urban legislators who will give their all in the service of this state,” said Leader Inman.

 

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Fallin Forces Resignation

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 FALLIN FORCES RESIGNATION

Governor Mary Fallin Forces State Health Board Member to Resign

Oklahoma City–  Oklahoma’s Department of Health is managed by a nine-member board which is comprised of people appointed by the Governor. Recently, it became public knowledge that Governor Fallin’s rejection of Medicaid dollars forced the board’s public health policy committee chairman, Glenn Davis, DDS to resign. 

Davis, a dentist from Shawnee, told the Governor in a resignation letter, “I will not serve as a ‘rubber stamp’ for the status quo in this political environment.” 

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said, “The Governor is sending our money to other states, which is so ridiculous that her appointees are rejecting her anti-health policies.”

The Governor first accepted and then turned away $54 million in Federal funds to set up a health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Now those funds have been sent to other states, while she allows the Federal Government to come in and set up an exchange for Oklahoma.

“She continues to put her head in the sand on implementing the Affordable Care Act,” commented Chairman Collins. “She should act like a leader and be responsible with our tax dollars.”

Earlier this week Governor Fallin tried to take credit for the improved overall ranking of Oklahoma in a national survey of public health.

“Governor Fallin wants to proclaim ‘look what I did’ almost three years after historic healthcare reform was passed on the federal level!”, Chairman Collins continued. “If you look at the benefits of Obamacare, she should be one of the President’s biggest cheerleaders.”

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Source: Oklahoma Improves State Health Ranking (Governor’s Office)

Insurance Commissioner Builds Expensive New Playhouse?

For Immediate Release
December 11, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 DOAK BUILDS EXPENSIVE NEW PLAYHOUSE?

John Doak Relocates Insurance Dept. to Tulsa in a Costly Move

Oklahoma City– Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, John Doak, is using the Oklahoma Insurance Department as his own personal toy box. During the past month he has spent $180,000 of taxpayer money on SWAT level shotguns and reinforced police vehicles for his anti-fraud unit, which he decimated over a year ago by firing six out of nine investigators. He continues a pattern of bad behavior by not serving the people of Oklahoma and instead focusing his attention on non-essential tasks.

“Why is he buying $180,000 worth of equipment for a unit that he obliterated? Does he want to create his own police force?” Asked Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Wallace Collins. “The Insurance Commissioner is abusing his power as the head of that department by purchasing unnecessary weapons and vehicles, just so he can give them to his friends, so they can intimidate Oklahomans.”

In his newest scheme to raise taxes, Doak is planning to relocate the Insurance Department headquarters from Oklahoma City so he can be closer to his home in Tulsa. The move will increase the rent that Oklahoma taxpayers pay for from $2,000 per month to over $4,000 per month.

“Why is he focusing his administration on buying guns and moving offices?” Chairman Collins continued, “Instead of figuring out a solution to his self-created gap in health insurance coverage for newborns, he is going out for another round of target practice with his buddies.” 

John Doak started building his boy’s club back in January of 2011 when he fired most of the anti-fraud unit. He then put three former Republican legislators in charge, who are each receiving a base salary of $99,000 per year as Deputy Commissioners. The leader of the anti-fraud unit is former Senator Randy Brogdon, who was a heating and air conditioning specialist before his tenure in the legislature. 

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Source: Insurance Officials Moving to Tulsa, (Tulsa World)

Senate Democratic Leadership Team and Committee Assignments

Oklahoma State Senate

Communications Division

State Capitol

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

 

For Immediate Release:  

Senate Democratic Leader Burrage announces leadership team and committee assignments

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Democratic Caucus announced their leadership team for the 54th Legislature Monday.  Senator Sean Burrage will once again serve as Democratic Leader.

“I’m honored to once again be entrusted to lead our caucus.  I’m looking forward to working on those issues important to our members and constituents,” said Burrage, D-Claremore.  “Our caucus members have a tremendous amount of expertise and we are anxious to put that knowledge to work for the citizens of Oklahoma and work with our colleagues across the aisle to strengthen Oklahoma’s economy and protect our state’s hardworking families.”

Burrage will be officially re-elected to his leadership position on Tuesday, January 8 when the Senate convenes for its Organizational Day.

The Democratic Leadership team is as follows:

Assistant Democratic Leader:

Senator Roger Ballenger

Senator Jerry Ellis

Senator John Sparks

Senator Charles Wyrick

 

Democratic Caucus Chair:

Senator Tom Ivester

 

Democratic Caucus Vice Chair:

Senator Susan Paddack

 

Democratic Whip:

Senator Earl Garrison

Senator Al McAffrey

Sen. Burrage also announced the democratic committee assignments for the upcoming session.

 

Monday committee membership:

 

Education Committee:

Sen. Garrison

Sen. Paddack

Sen. Sparks

 

General Government Committee:

Sen. Ballenger

Sen. Ellis 

 

Health and Human Services Committee:

Sen. Johnson

Sen. Shumate

 

Agriculture and Rural Development Committee:

Sen. Bass

Sen. Wyrick

 

Pensions Committee:
Sen. Ballenger

Sen. Ivester

 

Tuesday committee membership:

 

Judiciary Committee:

Sen. Ivester

Sen. Shumate

 

Finance Committee:

Sen. Johnson

Sen. McAffrey

Sen. Sparks

 

Tourism and Wildlife Committee:

Sen. Ellis

Sen. Garrison

Sen. Wyrick

 

Transportation Committee:

Sen. Bass

Sen. Paddack

Sen. McAffrey

 

Wednesday Committees:

 

Appropriations Committee:

Sen. Bass

Sen. Ellis

Sen. Ivester

Sen. Johnson

Sen. Paddack

Sen. Wyrick

 

Veterans and Military Affairs Committee:

Sen. Bass

Sen. Garrison

Sen. Ivester

Sen. Ballenger

Sen. Sparks

 

Rules Committee:

Sen. Johnson

Sen. McAffrey

Sen. Shumate

Sen. Sparks

Sen. Wyrick

 

Appropriations Subcommittees:

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education:

Sen. Sparks

Sen. Paddack

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation:

Sen. Bass

Sen. Garrison

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services:

Sen. Johnson

Sen. Shumate

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources:

Sen. Ballenger

Sen. Ellis

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary:

Sen. Ivester

Sen. McAffrey

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Non-Appropriated Agencies:
Sen. Ivester

Sen. Wyrick

 

Thursday Committees:

 

Energy Committee:

Sen. Ivester

Sen. Johnson

Sen. Paddack

Sen. Wyrick

 

Business and Commerce Committee:

Sen. Ellis

Sen. Garrison

Sen. Shumate

 

Public Safety Committee:

Sen. Ballenger

Sen. McAffrey

 

Insurance Committee:

Sen. Bass
Sen. Sparks

 

 

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For more information, contact:

Sen. Burrage: (405) 521-5555