Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: August 12, 2009
Sen. Harry Coates
Coates Vies for Top Senate Position
Coates, R-Seminole, has announced plans to run for President
Pro Tempore. Coates is the Senate principal author of landmark legislation
including Oklahoma’s “Stand Your Ground” law and
“Kelsey’s Law.” The lawmaker said his diverse
professional background and legislative experience will help the
Senate move Oklahoma forward.
The President Pro Tempore position will be vacated at the end of
2010 when Sen. Glenn Coffee terms out of office. Coates said his
diverse background in business, agriculture, banking, construction
and real estate, as well as his ability to build consensus place
him in a unique position to lead the Senate.
“In these difficult times, it’s more important than
ever that we have leaders who know how to deal with a wide range
of issues—not just in terms of creating public policy, but
also understanding how it impacts our friends and neighbors back
home,” Coates said. “I’m not a career politician.
I’m a businessman and father who believes in straight talk
and honesty as well as openness and transparency in government.”
Coates was first elected to the Senate in 2002 to represent District
28, a predominantly Democrat area of the state. He was unopposed
in his next bid to represent that district. In the Senate, he has
worked to build consensus based on promoting common sense legislation
that earned the support and respect of both Republicans and Democrats.
Coates was the Senate principal author of the “Stand Your
Ground” law strengthening protections for Oklahomans who must
use deadly force to protect their loved ones and property, as well
as “Kelsey’s Law,” which created much-needed reform
to better protect victims of child abuse. He currently serves as
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Labor.
“Our main goal in the next few years will be stabilizing our
economy by creating a business-friendly environment and good jobs
for our citizens,” Coates said. “These are issues I’ve
dealt with my entire career. I’m excited about the opportunity
to put those life skills to work in the Senate on a larger scale
and really help move Oklahoma forward.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Coates: 405-521-5547