Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2006
Senator Pruitt Honored by Fellow Legislators
The Oklahoma State Senate honored Senator Scott
Pruitt Tuesday who is completing his second and final term of service
in the Senate to the citizens of Senate District 36. Unlike the many other
senators who have to leave office this year because of term limits, Pruitt
will not seek reelection in order to run for Lieutenant Governor.
"When I ran for Senate in 1998, I ran because I believed in the process.
I believe in what we do here,” Pruitt said. “I’ve always
tried to approach what we do here in this body with a commitment to sound
policy and trying to do things for the right reason. I believe that good
politics is doing the right thing…to stand true on policy…that
good policy is good politics.”
Born in Danville, Kentucky, Pruitt received a bachelor's degree in political
science and communications from Kentucky's Georgetown College and a Juris
Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa. A practicing attorney, he
is the general managing partner of the Oklahoma Redhawks, a Triple-A professional
While in the Senate, Pruitt served as Republican Whip from 2000 to 2002
and as Assistant Republican Floor Leader since 2002. He chaired the American
Legislative Exchange Council's Civil Justice Task Force, was selected
as part of a delegation to Israel in an exchange program with the American
Council of Young Political Leaders and received a Henry Toll Fellowship.
He was also named Legislative Advocate
of the Year for 2004 by the Oklahoma Professional Economic Development
Fellow members thanked Pruitt for his work on behalf of the state, including
his efforts to reform the workers' compensation and lawsuit/tort systems
as well as the Medicaid, tax, welfare and local public school systems.
He was praised for his energy, vitality and drive in his service to the
Senate, his district and the entire state.
"Leaving the Senate was a hard decision. The reason I’m leaving
this body is I hope to be a part of it in a different way starting next
year. To be able to work with each of you to focus again on one thing,
focus on passing big ideas that will move the state of Oklahoma forward,”
said Pruitt. “I appreciate you and will always cherish my eight
years in the Senate.”
For more information, contact:
Senator Pruitt's Office: (405) 521-5602