For Immediate Release: November 12, 2010
Sen. Brian Bingman
Senate Leader Chooses Paul Ziriax for Second
Term as Secretary of Senate/Election Board
Senate President Pro Tempore
Designate Brian Bingman announced he has selected Paul Ziriax, the
Secretary of the Senate and the State Election Board Secretary, for
a second two-year term in the dual post.
The Secretary of the Senate will
be formally elected by state senators in January. By law, the
Secretary of the Senate also serves as State Election Board
“I am excited that Paul will remain in his current capacity for the
next two years. He is a dedicated public servant and we are
fortunate to have him as our Secretary of the Senate and Election
Board,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa.
The Secretary of the Senate
directs the Senate's floor staff, is the custodian of official
Senate records, and provides parliamentary assistance to the
Senate's presiding officer. The State Election Board Secretary is
the chief administrative officer of the State Election Board agency
and is the state's chief election official.
Ziriax has been Secretary of the
Senate and State Election Board Secretary since January, 2009. Prior
to this appointment, Ziriax served for six years on the Senate staff
as a media and policy advisor to the Co-President Pro Tempore and
two Senate Minority Leaders. Ziriax was chief of staff and press
secretary to former U.S. Congressman Wes Watkins.
He is a Senate appointee to the
State Capitol Preservation Commission and is a member of the
National Association of State Election Directors and the American
Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries. Ziriax holds a degree
in Business Administration and Finance from Oklahoma State
University, and is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5528