For Immediate Release: February 4, 2008
Sen. Andrew Rice
Rice Praises Former State Representative Toure
State Senator Andrew
Rice (D-OKC) today praised the life and work of former Democratic
State Representative Opio Toure, who died this morning after a long
battle with a chronic lung condition.
“We are all saddened today by the loss of our good friend,
Representative Toure, who was a consummate champion for social rights
in Oklahoma,” Rice said. “He will be remembered as someone
who fiercely represented the needs of the people he represented
in Oklahoma City. Today, we will honor and commend his service to
the people of Oklahoma.”
Toure served in the Oklahoma House from 1994 until 2006.
Former State Senator Bernest Cain, of Oklahoma City, said Representative
Toure had a unique ability to work with all people of all political
parties, all races and all religions to push for substantive changes
for the poor and disenfranchised.
“Nobody spoke with more authority or worked harder for the
disadvantaged than Representative Toure,” Cain said. “There
was a spirit of kindness and goodness to him that will be missed.”
Rice and Cain, who preceded Rice in representing Senate District
46 in Oklahoma City, shared overlapping jurisdiction and constituents
with Representative Toure.
For more information contact:
Senator Rice's Office: (405) 521-5610