President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: October 14, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
COFFEE TOUTS SENATE GOP’S SCORE ON
ORGANIZATION RATINGS FOR 2009 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Five Republican Senators scored a perfect 100 and twelve scored
a 90 or above on the annual legislative scorecard released by the
Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED), giving Oklahoma
Senate Republicans an average score of 88.6, making the highest
number of pro-business and pro-prosperity senators in the history
of the RIED report.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my Republican colleagues
in the Senate,” said Senate President Pro Tem Glenn
Coffee. “This is a group of leaders from around the state
who reflect their local districts and work very hard and effectively
on their behalf.
“They are committed to growing and prospering our state through
promoting and passing strong economic policy, and their success
in that regard is vividly reflected in the most recent legislative
scorecard released by RIED,” he continued.
Coffee pointed out that the average Republican score of 88.6 is
nearly eight times the average Senate Democrat score of 11.9. In
addition, five Republican Senators scored a perfect 100, including
Senate Majority Floor Leader Todd Lamb (Edmond), Assistant Majority
Leaders Clark Jolley (Edmond) and Brian Bingman (Sapulpa), Education
Committee Chairman John Ford (Bartlesville) and Agriculture Committee
Chairman Ron Justice (Chickasha).
Coffee observed that the highest ranking Democrat on the RIED report
scored 41, twenty-nine points below a passing grade.
“The 2009 legislative session was historic in regards to
passing real pro-business measures, including a historic tort reform
package, keeping taxes low, infrastructure improvements and education
“Every candidate talks a good game about supporting business
and economic development when they’re running for office,
but the members of the Senate Republican caucus follow-through with
real reforms when given the opportunity by the voters,” Coffee
added. “This is a strong and committed group of public servants,
and I look forward to another productive legislative session in
2010,” he concluded.
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee: 405-521-5636