Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 30, 2008
Sen. Glenn Coffee
Designate Senator Coffee as Next President Pro Tem
Republican state senators unanimously voted to designate Sen. Glenn
Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, to be the next President Pro Tempore
of the Oklahoma State Senate. The President Pro Tem is the Senate’s
“I am honored and humbled by the confidence my colleagues
have shown by entrusting me with the leadership of our caucus,”
“Senate Republicans have the issues on our side, and we are
confident that Oklahomans will make history in 2008 by electing
the first-ever Republican majority to the Senate. As Republicans
have already shown while sharing power in the Senate the past two
years, we are ready and able to lead the Senate in bringing positive
and innovative changes to Oklahoma,” Coffee said.
Under the rules of the Senate Republican Caucus the remainder of
the Senate GOP’s leadership team will be chosen following
the general election this November.
Coffee currently serves as Co-President Pro Tempore under the power
sharing agreement that governs the evenly divided State Senate.
As part of the Senate’s power sharing arrangement, Coffee
became the first Republican in history to serve as the Senate’s
President Pro Tempore in July 2007.
The Senate has 24 Republicans and 24 Democrats, but a net gain
of a single seat in 2008 would make the GOP the Senate’s majority
party for the first time in Oklahoma history.
Republicans have had a net gain of at least two State Senate seats
every in election since 2000, netting three seats in 2000; two seats
in 2002; two seats in 2004; one seat in a May 2006 special election;
and two more seats in the 2006 general elections. Conversely, it
has been 18 years since Democrats last had a net gain of seats in
the State Senate.
GLENN COFFEE BIO:
- Lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Lisa and their four children,
sons Collin and Blaine and daughters Anna and Kate.
- Undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northeastern State
University (1989), where he was named Outstanding Senior. Juris
Doctorate degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law
- Member of the Oklahoma County, State and American Bar Associations.
Active member of Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership OKC Fast Track
and the NSU Alumni Association.
- Recent honors include NSU’s Citation of Merit, Young Alumnus
award (2003); Durocher’s “Forty Under 40” (2003),
which recognizes individuals who are most influential young business
and community leaders in the Oklahoma City metro area; Journal Record’s
“Forty Under 40” (2006).
- Member of Phillips, McFall, McCaffrey, McVay & Murrah Law
Firm and specializes in the areas of business, commercial and electronic
- General counsel to TVC Marketing Association, Inc., a family
business providing road service, motor club services, and other
services to small businesses.
- First elected to the State Senate in 1998. Leadership positions:
Republican Caucus Chair (2000-2002); Assistant Republican Floor
Leader (2002-2004); Republican Floor Leader (2004-2006); Co-President
Pro Tempore (January 2007 - June 2007; August 2007 - present); President
Pro Tempore (July 2007).
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636