For Immediate Release: November 9, 2010
Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Brian Bingman and Senate
Floor Leader Mike Schulz
address the media at the State Capitol on Tuesday.
SENATE REPUBLICANS ELECT BRIAN BINGMAN
TO LEAD CAUCUS
Pro-Tem Designate Will Be Elected by Full Senate in January
Senate Republicans met today for the first time since Election
Day and elected Sapulpa Republican Senator Brian Bingman as their
new leader and Senate President Pro Tempore-designate. Senator Bingman
also announced his selection of Senator Mike Schulz of Altus as
Floor Leader. The caucus, looking forward to an unprecedented 32-16
majority in the State Senate, came out of the meeting united and
looking ahead to electing the remainder of their leadership team
next Tuesday, November 16.
"We have significant challenges facing us in the 2011 legislative
session," Bingman said, "but with this outstanding new
group of Senators with which I'll be working, I'm ready for the
challenge. Our caucus brings a diverse array of experience but a
united sense of mission and passion in facing the challenges ahead
of us. We're ready to go to work."
Bingman, an Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the previous Senate,
will be officially elected to the position of Pro Tem on the Senate
Organizational Day in January. He was re-elected to his Senate seat
this year without opposition.
The new Senate will include nine new Republican senators. Six seats
have switched to Republican, including Senate District 4 (Mark Allen),
SD 6 (Josh Brecheen), SD 10 (Eddie Fields), SD 14 (Frank Simpson),
SD 18 (Kim David), and SD 44 (Ralph Shortey). In addition, the Senate
will welcome three Freshmen in current Republican seats with the
elections of Senators-elect Rob Johnson (SD 22), David Holt (SD
30), and Rick Brinkley (SD 34), who won current GOP seats in their
primary elections, and were not opposed in the General Election.
The new Senate will be sworn in on Tuesday, November 16. The Senate
will organize on Tuesday, January 4, at which time the new Pro Tem
will be officially elected, and rules for the 2011 session will
For more information, contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5528