Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2008
Sen. Jeff Rabon and daughter Berrie Shannon listen as
of the Senate salute his 12 years of service.
Senate Honors Jeff Rabon for 12 Years of Service
With his final session in the State Legislature drawing to a close,
members of the Oklahoma State Senate paid tribute Tuesday to Sen.
The Hugo Democrat leaves office this year due to term limits.
Rabon’s career in public service began long before he was
elected to the Senate in 1996. Shortly after graduating from college,
Rabon worked as a field representative for U.S. Sen. David Boren.
He later worked as co-campaign manager and special assistant for
U.S. Rep. Bill Brewster. Rabon also served as legislative liaison
for the National Rifle Association, as well as senior administrative
assistant for Lt. Gov. Jack Mildren.
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan and Co-President Pro Tempore
Glenn Coffee were among the members who thanked Rabon for his years
“I don’t believe I have ever seen another member as
passionate about Oklahoma, its people and its traditions as Senator
Rabon,” Morgan said. “He has been dedicated to the cause
of preserving those traditions and helping create a better future
for all Oklahomans.”
Coffee also praised Rabon’s dedication to the state.
“Senator Rabon always fought for what he believed in, and
I know he has served the citizens of Southeastern Oklahoma well,”
Fellow members praised Rabon’s dedication to natural resources,
rural economic improvement and for his support of Native Americans
Rabon is the Co-Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation,
and also is a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development,
Tourism and Wildlife, Veterans and Military Affairs and the Appropriations
Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary. He has also served
as chair of the Joint Committee on Tribal Relations, as well as
chairing the Senate Finance committee. Rabon has served as Assistant
Co-Floor Leader of the Senate since 2004 and has often been called
upon to preside over the chamber.
“Our family roots in Oklahoma run deep, and I cannot imagine
a greater honor than the privilege I have had these past 12 years
representing District 5 in the Oklahoma State Senate,” Rabon
said. “It has been an honor and an experience I will never
Joining Rabon in the Senate Chamber were Chickasaw Nation Governor
Bill Anoatubby and Choctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle. Among the other
special guests attending Tuesday’s ceremony were Rabon’s
wife, Dana Bates Rabon, sons Jeff and Jackson and daughter Berrie
Shannon, parents Bob and Linda Rabon and brother Bobby Rabon, as
well as many other relatives, friends and supporters.
For more information contact:
Senator Rabon's Office: (405) 521-5614