Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January
Sen. Clark Jolley
Statement from Sen. Jolley on Sen. Robert M. Kerr
Senator Robert M. Kerr’s tomorrows were
always more important to him than his yesterdays. After expecting
the news for weeks, we learned Senator Kerr from Altus passed away
in Oklahoma City early Wednesday morning. He is not the first nor
will he be the last great man or woman to succumb to the cancer
cell’s wrath, but his legacy won’t be just his valiant
fight with cancer.
Senator Kerr was a Democrat from the southwest corner of our state.
I am a Republican representing the great City of Edmond. We have
very different constituencies and differing party loyalties. Yet
we both shared a love of our state and a hopeful vision for seeing
us become more than who we are today.
When our Majority Floor Leader, Senator Ted Fisher stood up and
read the letter from Senator Kerr announcing to the Senate that
his cancer, which had been in remission for almost a dozen years,
had returned and that he would begin immediate treatment, I didn’t
expect that Senator Kerr would be in the Senate Chamber day after
day, hour after hour, excusing himself without bravado or notice
to relive the sickness which was brought on by the chemotherapy.
This man was an iron horse who served his constituents to the very
Senator Kerr passed landmark pieces of legislation, but didn’t
feel the need to call press conferences to call attention to it
at every step in the process. He was the principal author of the
Living Will bill in Oklahoma. He championed the state’s schools
for the deaf and blind. He wrote the legislation which helps our
crime fighters have access to the latest fingerprint technology.
Senator Kerr authored the enabling legislation to encourage horizontal
drilling which is so needed in Oklahoma’s energy sector today.
These are but a few of his many accomplishments for the State of
Oklahoma. My limited observations of the past year of service with
him are that he was a quiet man who rarely spoke or sought attention.
We need many more people like Bob Kerr in the Oklahoma Legislature.
He was once asked why he would run again for the State Senate when
he was already approaching his seventies. He responded to his old
friend with this quote: “when my yesterdays become more important
than my tomorrows, I will resign immediately."
Senator Kerr’s tomorrows were always more important than his
yesterdays. I know we will all remember our yesterdays with him
with fondness and I pray that we will work for our tomorrows with
the same incredible dedication Robert Kerr demonstrated to us.
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