Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 20, 2008
Sen. Williamson was given a mic after passage of resolution honoring
his service in the Senate.
State Senate Pays
Tribute to Sen. Williamson
The Oklahoma State Senate will soon say goodbye to Sen. James
A. Williamson. The Republican Leader Emeritus is completing
his final session in the Senate due to term limits. On Tuesday,
Williamson’s family and friends gathered in the Senate Chamber
to watch his colleagues pay tribute to the Tulsa legislator.
“Senator Williamson brought tremendous wisdom, insight, leadership
and integrity to this body. He is a man of superior intellect and
diverse talents, and we have all been enriched as individuals and
as an institution because of his service,” said Senate Co-
President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee.
Williamson began his legislative career in the Oklahoma House of
Representatives where he served from 1980 through 1986. In 1996,
he was elected to represent District 35 in the State Senate. While
in the Senate, he served as both Assistant Republican Floor Leader
and Republican Floor Leader. As a result of his efforts to protect
the lives of unborn babies, Williamson was recipient of the Americans
United for Life “Defender of Life” award. He currently
serves as Co-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“It has been an extreme honor to serve in the Oklahoma State
Senate. I believe in this institution, and urge all future Senators
to remember the decorum and thoughtful deliberation that are the
hallmarks of this body,” Williamson said. “I want to
thank my fellow members for their friendship and many wonderful
memories, and my constituents for allowing me to represent them
here. It has been a privilege.”
Among Williamson’s friends and family present for Tuesday’s
ceremony were his wife, Sandra, and their four children, Angela,
Kenn and Andrew.
For more information contact:
Sen. Williamson's Office: (405) 521-5624