Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: November 20, 2008
Senate Leader Chooses Paul Ziriax for Dual Post in Senate/Election
Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Glenn
Coffee has announced his choice for Secretary of the Senate
and State Election Board Secretary. Paul Ziriax, who has held the
title of Leadership Assistant at the State Senate for the past six
years, has been named to the dual posts.
The Pro Tempore selects the Secretary of the Senate, who must then
be elected by a majority of members. Under Oklahoma law that individual
also serves as State Election Board Secretary.
“Paul’s experience in both state and national government
positions have prepared him well for these new responsibilities,”
Coffee said. “I also know him to be a man of tremendous character
and intellect, with an abiding respect for the political process
and democracy. I know he will do an outstanding job on behalf of
the people of Oklahoma.”
“Oklahoma has a national reputation for the efficient way
in which our elections are conducted, and Michael Clingman should
be commended for the great job he’s done as Secretary of the
Senate and Secretary of the State Election Board,” stated
Coffee. “I wish Michael the best of luck in his new role as
director of the Office of State Finance.”
Before coming to work for the Senate, Ziriax was the Chief of staff
and press secretary to former U.S. Congressman Wes Watkins. He serves
on the State Capitol Preservation Commission and is a member of
the Legislative Information and Communication Staff Section and
Leadership Staff Section of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Ziriax earned a degree in Business Administration and Finance from
Oklahoma State University, and is a member of the OSU Alumni Association.
The Secretary of the Senate directs the floor staff and oversees
the preparation of daily printing and general publications and the
content of forms used by the Senate for various reports and procedures.
The Secretary is the custodian of all Senate records and provides
assistance to the President Pro Tempore and the presiding officer.
The State Election Board Secretary is the chief administrative officer
of the State Election Board.
“I am deeply honored by the faith Senator Coffee has placed
in me,” Ziriax said. “I have some big shoes to fill.
I am thrilled with this new opportunity, and look forward to continuing
my public service.”
Ziriax, age 37, is a native of Claremore, Oklahoma, but currently
resides in Edmond with his wife, Lisa, and their nearly 2-year-old
daughter, Allie. They are members of Faith Bible Church in Edmond.
The full Senate will vote on Ziriax’s appointment when they
return for an organizational day on January 6, 2009.
For more information
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636