Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 10, 2007
Senator Glenn Coffee
Named Assistant Secretary of State Senate
Oklahoma Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn
Coffee announced that he has named Karl Ahlgren to the position
of Assistant Secretary of the Senate. The appointment is part of
the power-sharing agreement negotiated between Republicans and Democrats
in the evenly divided State Senate.
A 23-year veteran of Oklahoma government and politics, Ahlgren
will alternate duties with the Secretary of the Senate, Michael
Clingman, who was elected by the Senate on January 2. Ahlgren will
handle floor management, parliamentary and clerk duties in the Senate
Ahlgren formerly was a longtime congressional aide, having served
as chief of staff to then-U.S. Congressman (now U.S. Senator) Tom
Coburn between 1994 and 2000, and as field director to former U.S.
Senator Don Nickles for ten years prior.
Coffee, who leads Republicans in the Senate, praised Ahlgren as
a person of integrity, skill and stature.
“Karl Ahlgren has proven himself to be highly valuable to
Oklahoma in government service. I am honored to have a person of
his integrity and stature on board during this historic period in
Oklahoma,” Coffee said.
In his congressional duties, Ahlgren was widely recognized for
his ability to work with both parties to assist rural communities
in north-and-southeastern Oklahoma.
From working to solve water and flood issues in northeastern Oklahoma
to directing efforts to ship Oklahoma hay to drought-stricken farmers
in 10 states, Coffee said Ahlgren has demonstrated a unique ability
to serve the public. Ahlgren also has been instrumental in passing
bipartisan initiatives in Tulsa,where he lives.
Ahlgren has served on several boards and is past president of the
Tulsa Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Jenks Community
Education Council. He helped start a school in Russia for Down syndrome
children and currently serves on the board of directors of Up with
Down in Tulsa. He is an Eagle Scout and has been recognized for
economic development efforts throughout eastern Oklahoma.
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office - (405) 521-5654