Co-President Pro Tempore Senator Glenn Coffee
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 2, 2007
Senator James A. Williamson
Williamson Comments on Election of First Republican President Pro
Sen. James A. Williamson issued this statement following the Senate’s
election of Senator Glenn Coffee to serve as the first Republican
President Pro Tempore of the State Senate in July 2007:
“The State Senate made history today by electing the first Republican
to serve as president pro tempore,” stated Williamson, R-Tulsa.
“Ensuring that a Republican serves in this position in the
51st Legislature – even if only for one month – was
a very important part of the power-sharing negotiations for term-limited
Republican senators like myself and Senators Wilcoxson and Laughlin.
After the significant gains Republicans have made in the Senate
during our tenure, it is important to us that we are able to serve
with the first Republican president pro tem.
“This important step also is recognition of the equal status
of the president pro tem and the co-president pro tem in governing
the Senate for the next two years,” he said.
For more information contact:
Senator Williamson's Office - (405) 521-5624