For Immediate Release: September 17, 2009
Sen. Andrew Rice
Democratic Caucus Chooses Oklahoma City
State Senator Andrew Rice as Leader Elect
The Senate Democratic caucus has chosen Oklahoma City State Senator
as leader designate for the 2011-2012 legislative session. The current
Democratic Leader, Senator Charlie Laster (D-Shawnee) will continue
serving as leader for the upcoming session slated to commence in
February 2010, but will step down as leader after the Nov. 2010
elections. Laster has served as Democratic Floor Leader since January
“I have been honored to serve as leader of the Democratic
caucus and share my Democratic colleagues desire to work with Senator
Rice as we fight aggressively to regain the majority in the Oklahoma
State Senate,” Laster said.
Rice said he is honored to be elected by his colleagues to lead
the Democrats back to the majority in the upper chamber during the
next election cycle.
“I am extremely grateful to my fellow members who elected
me to be the Democratic leader and look forward to working with
them as we fight to give all Oklahomans a seat at the table on important
issues,” Rice said. “Our work to make Oklahoma the best
place to live, work and raise a family continues and we will be
vigilant to hold ourselves accountable to the public so that pragmatic
policies win the day over petty ideologies in the Oklahoma State
Rice was elected to District 46 in 2006 with nearly 70% of the vote.
In the evenly divided State Senate of 2007 Rice served as Co-Chair
of the Health and Human Resources Committee. Rice has been an unwavering
advocate for expanding children's health insurance, fighting hunger
and food insecurity in Oklahoma, pushing for alternative energy
expansion and greater use of Oklahoma's CNG as a fuel source. He
is married and has two young sons.
For more information contact:
Senator Rice: 405-521-5610