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Oklahoma State Senate
President Pro Tempore DESIGNATE
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
(405) 521-5636

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For Immediate Release: November 6, 2008

Senator Glenn Coffee
Senator Glenn Coffee

REPUBLICAN SENATORS ELECT COFFEE TO LEAD STATE SENATE

Lamb appointed to Majority Floor Leader post

State Capitol, Oklahoma City – On Tuesday Republicans won the State Senate’s majority for the first time in Oklahoma history, and today members of the Senate’s historic majority unanimously voted to designate State Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, to be the next President Pro Tempore. The President Pro Tem is the Senate’s top leadership post.

The motion to elect Coffee as President Pro Tem was made by Sen. Harry Coates, R-Seminole, and seconded by Sen. Mike Johnson, R-Kingfisher. Coffee is the first Republican in state history to lead the Senate.

Also Thursday, Coffee announced that he will appoint Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, to serve as Majority Floor Leader, the Senate’s number two leadership post. Lamb is the first Republican to serve as the Senate Majority Floor Leader.

The Senate’s other Majority leadership posts will be elected at a Republican caucus meeting on November 18, 2008.

“The people of Oklahoma have entrusted Republicans with the leadership of the State Senate, and we will work non-stop to enact pro-jobs economic reforms, to make government more accountable to the people, to improve education, and to protect the public’s safety,” Coffee said. “I am honored to be elected by my colleagues to be the first Republican to lead the Senate.”

Lamb said, “Being selected as the Majority Floor Leader is truly humbling. Senate Republicans have worked very hard to address the issues that are important to Oklahomans, and I look forward to helping our historic majority move Oklahoma forward to brighter and better days.”

The President Pro Tempore will be formally elected by the full Senate on January 6, 2009, when the Legislature organizes pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution.

For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office:  (405) 521-5654

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