For Immediate Release: March 1, 2007
Senator Charles Laster
Senate Democrats Choose Laster As President Pro Tempore Designee
Senate Co-Floor Leader Charlie
Laster announced Wednesday that he has been selected the
designee of the Senate Democratic Caucus to become the next
President Pro Tem of the Oklahoma State Senate.
Laster, D-Shawnee, said he secured the support of a majority
of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate Tuesday. Laster will
succeed Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan, when the current
Senate leader leaves office in November 2008.
“I am honored and humbled by the confidence Senate Democrats
have shown in me,” Laster said. “These are the most
talented and dedicated men and women with whom I’ve ever
had the chance to serve and I am looking forward to working
with them to return the Senate to Democratic control in 2009.”
Following the November 2006 elections, membership in the Senate
is tied with 24 Democrats and 24 Republicans. Under an agreement
announced in December, the two parties are sharing power in
the 51st Oklahoma Legislature.
Laster said he will be working closely with Senator Tom Adelson,
D-Tulsa, to form a strong team to lead the Democratic Caucus
in the future. Adelson will continue his work in leadership
in the appropriations process. Adelson is currently co-chairman
of the Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee on Health and Social
Services and co-vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
Laster was elected to the Senate in a special election in January
2003. He served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
during the 50th Oklahoma Legislature in 2004-2005. Morgan, D-Stillwater,
selected Laster to serve as Democratic floor leader earlier
Laster earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State
University in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate from the University
of Oklahoma College of Law in 1979.
For the past 28 years, he has maintained a private law practice
in Shawnee with an emphasis in small business representation
and family law. He is a member of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce,
Oklahoma Bar Association, and OSU Alumni Association.
Senator Laster represents District 17, which includes most of
Pottawatomie County, the Harrah-Newalla area of Oklahoma County,
and far northeastern Cleveland County.
Senator Laster and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 28
years and have two children, Kara, 13, and Luke, age 10. His
wife holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, has an active practice, and
is a past Chairman and current board member of Unity Hospital
For more information contact:
Senator Laster's Office - (405) 521-5539