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Oklahoma State Senate
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State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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For Immediate Release: March 1, 2007

Senator Charles Laster
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 this year.

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 in Shawnee.

For more information contact:
Senator Laster's Office - (405) 521-5539

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