President Pro Tempore DESIGNATE
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 21, 2008
Coffee Names Randy Swanson to Senate GOP Communications Post
Oklahoma State Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Glenn Coffee,
R-Oklahoma City, announced Friday that Randy Swanson of Yukon will
join Coffee’s Senate leadership staff as Majority Leadership
Swanson brings more than 25 years of experience in public relations,
politics and government service to the State Senate. He will direct
media, press, and public outreach activities for Coffee and the
Senate’s Republican leadership team. For the first time in
the state’s history, Republicans have the majority in the
Oklahoma State Senate.
“Randy has a wealth of experience in both the public and
private sector, so we’re very excited about bringing his many
talents to the State Senate,” stated Coffee. “Randy
Swanson will do a great job helping Senate Republicans get out our
message of fiscal responsibility, traditional values, creating jobs,
and reforming state government,” he said.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to join the President
Pro Tem’s leadership staff at this historic time,” said
Swanson. “Senator Coffee is a remarkable and distinguished
leader. I appreciate the confidence he has in me, and I look forward
to helping the members of the Senate’s new majority tell our
story in the upcoming legislative session.”
During the 2008 election cycle, Swanson served as executive director
of the Oklahoma Republican Senatorial Committee. Senate Republicans
picked up two seats on Election Day to win a 26 to 22 majority.
Swanson, 50, is a former chief of staff and press secretary to
U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas and a former administrative aide and campaign
manager to former Corporation Commissioner J.C. Watts. He also is
a former regional political director for the Republican National
In addition to political and government experience, he has consulted
various local, national, and international ministries and non-profit
organizations on media and public relations. Swanson's volunteer
activities include work as Public Relations Chairman for the Oklahoma
City Memorial Marathon and as a publicist for Central Oklahoma Habitat
Randy Swanson has been married to his wife Carol for 28 years.
Carol Swanson is teacher in the Yukon Public Schools system. The
Swansons have three sons: David, 20, is a cadet at the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point. Joel, 16, and Luke, 13, are students in Yukon
The Swansons are active members of Bethany First Church of the
Nazarene. Swanson is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University,
where he earned a bachelor of arts in communications and business.
He starts his new job at the State Senate on December 1.
For more information
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636