President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 3, 2009
Senator Glenn Coffee
COFFEE ANNOUNCES NEW ASSISTANT
SECRETARY OF THE SENATE
Senate President Pro Tem
Glenn Coffee formally announced his decision today to place Currie
Ballard in the position of Assistant Secretary of the Senate.
Ballard is a noted and respected historian and community
leader who brings a diverse background in politics and journalism
to his new position. Ballard has served on a variety of commissions
working on national, historical projects, and most recently served
as historian-in-residence at Langston University for 12 years.
Currie Ballard served as a member of the board of
commissioners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission from 1993
until 1999, and was also a member of the Oklahoma Board of Pardons
and Parole from 1999 to 2003.
“We’re proud to have a man of Currie
Ballard’s accomplishments to join us in his new role as
the new Assistant Secretary of the Senate,” said Coffee.
“The expertise and experience that Mr. Ballard brings to
this position will benefit the Senate and our state in many ways.
I am confident that he will fulfill his duties ably.
“We believe he is the first African-American
to serve in Senate staff leadership, and I’m proud to be
a part of this historic hire,” he concluded.
The Assistant Secretary of the Senate provides a
variety of services during session, which include but are not
- Coordinating all chamber front desk operations during session;
- Serve as parliamentarian and reading clerk during official Senate
- Assist the presiding officer during debate.
- Maintain appropriate procedures during debate;
- Provide information to Senate members and staff concerning legislative
“Currie Ballard is a very capable and talented
individual, and I’m glad to have him on board,” said
Paul Ziriax, Secretary of the Senate. “He is a valuable
– and historic – new member of the Senate team.”
In the absence of the Secretary of the Senate, while
the Senate is in session, the Assistant Secretary performs the
duties of the Secretary of the Senate.