Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2006
Senator Cliff Branan
Branan Named Legislator of the Year by Oklahoma Independent Petroleum
Having emerged as a leading advocate for the oil and
gas production industry in the legislature, Sen. Cliff Branan has
been honored by the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association as
Legislator of the Year.
OIPA Vice President of Governmental Affairs Bruce Stallsworth
praised Branan for his efforts to support the oil and gas industry
in the legislature.
“Sen. Branan has shown unwavering support for our industry,”
said Stallsworth. “He has worked hard to become an authority
on oil and gas policy and historical issues and I believe him to
be the leading advocate for our industry in the Senate.”
The state’s largest oil and gas advocacy group, the Oklahoma
Independent Petroleum Association represents over 1,600 businesses
affiliated with oil and gas production and exploration.
Branan said it was an honor to be recognized for his efforts on
oil and gas policy issues.
“No other industry is of greater importance to our state’s
continued growth,” said Branan, R-Oklahoma City. “We
need to support our oil and gas producers, ensuring that they remain
the engine driving Oklahoma’s booming economy. I’m honored
to have been recognized with this award and will continue fighting
to ensure our legislature adequately supports oil and gas production
– the bedrock of the Oklahoma economy.”
In response to an increasingly urgent need to reduce dependence
on foreign oil and promote fuel conservation, Branan this session
authored legislation designed to increase domestic refining capacity.
Senate Bill 1635 would have provided incentives for expansion of
refining capacity, but the Democrat Chairman of the Energy and Environment
Committee refused to allow the bill to be heard in committee. The
same Chairman also refused to hear Senate 1670, authored by Branan
to provide tax exemptions to give producers an incentive to revitalize
Stallsworth said Branan’s willingness to author legislation
to address the pressing needs of the industry has distinguished
him as a strong and knowledgeable leader on energy issues.
“Though these bills may have fallen short, we were all impressed
with how he dug in, learned the issues inside and out and rallied
support,” said Stallsworth. “We are truly fortunate
that an outstanding member of the community like Senator Branan
is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to serve in the legislature.”
For more information, contact:
Senator Branan's Office: (405) 521-5543