President Pro Tempore DESIGNATE
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 26, 2008
Sen. Glenn Coffee
Senate Leader Finalizes Majority Staff
Oklahoma State Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Glenn Coffee
announced Tuesday that he has finalized his majority leadership
staff for the 2009 legislative session.
Coffee’s staff includes:
Fred Morgan, Senior Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel to the President
• Former State Rep. Morgan continues in his role as Coffee’s
Becky Woodie, Personal Assistant to the President Pro Tempore
• Ms. Woodie has served as Coffee’s personal assistant
since he was first elected to the State Senate a decade ago.
Gwendolyn Caldwell, Majority Leadership Legislative Director
• Ms. Caldwell first joined Coffee’s leadership staff
four years ago as deputy leadership assistant.
Randy Swanson, Majority Leadership Communications Director
• Mr. Swanson is the new communications director for Coffee
and the Majority leadership team.
Ashley Kehl, Majority Leadership Media Assistant
• Ms. Kehl first joined Coffee’s leadership staff in
2007 as a receptionist and staff assistant, and was later promoted
to media assistant.
Brittnee Preston, Majority Leadership Legislative Assistant
• Mrs. Preston interned for Coffee’s office during the
2007 session before joining Coffee’s staff as a full-time
Rita Chapman, Administrative Assistant / Constituent Relations
• Mrs. Chapman was an assistant to Coffee at his law firm
prior to joining the Senate staff in 2007.
Sonja Wall, Administrative Assistant / Receptionist
• Ms. Wall worked for 8 years as an executive assistant at
the State Senate before joining Coffee’s staff last week.
Last week, Coffee announced that another aide, Paul Ziriax, is
leaving the leadership staff to accept Coffee’s appointment
to the dual position of Secretary of the Senate and Secretary of
the State Election Board.
Coffee’s staff includes a personal assistant plus seven leadership
staff, for a total of eight employees. By comparison, when Democrats
last held the Senate majority in 2006 the Pro Tem’s office
employed 11 people (a personal assistant, 9 leadership staff, and
For more information
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636