For Immediate Release: September 29, 2009
Sen. Kenneth Corn
Statement from Democratic Caucus Chairman
Kenneth Corn on the Loss of
Former Governor Henry Bellmon
“Governor Henry Bellmon was the first statewide elected official
I ever met when I was 10 years old at Carl Albert State College.
Meeting this great leader had a tremendous impact on me then, and
still does to this day.
“He was a true champion of improving education in Oklahoma.
The landmark legislation he championed, House Bill 1017, pulled
education out of the gutter in Oklahoma and provided it with a standard
driven system that emphasized student achievement unlike anything
that had ever been done before.
“Bellmon was an Oklahoman first, and his service set a high
bar for anyone who aspires to be a public servant.
“We should all remember the statesmanlike leadership Bellmon
displayed throughout his life, especially during this current polarized
political environment we now so often find ourselves.
“Bellmon loved Oklahoma; his love and passion for this state
was infectious. Many generation of Oklahomans and those yet born
are simply better off because of that love and passion.
“I will miss Governor Bellmon, and am committed to work tirelessly
with those on both sides of the aisle to realize the vision he had
for our state and its people.”
For more information contact:
Senator Corn: 405-521-5576