President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 4, 2011
Newly elected Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman.
Bingman Is Officially Elected President Pro Tempore of the
Oklahoma State Senate
Sapulpa Republican Brian Bingman was formally elected as the President
Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate Tuesday during the senate’s
organizational day session. Bingman received a unanimous vote from
senate members to serve as leader of the Oklahoma State Senate.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve Oklahoma
in this capacity as Pro Tem of the State Senate,” Bingman
said. “Receiving unified support means a lot and I appreciate
the task ahead as we all work together to improve Oklahoma.
Bingman said his priority will be to promote an agenda that creates
jobs and economic opportunity in Oklahoma. He said that Oklahoma’s
conservative values and character set it apart from the rest of
“I am optimistic for Oklahoma. Recently we have seen announcements
that Boeing is moving 550 jobs to Oklahoma City and Baker Hughes
over 600 to their northeast Oklahoma facilities, all evidence that
we are gaining momentum in Oklahoma and that efforts to make our
state more business friendly are paying off,” said Bingman.
“I challenge the Senate, the new Governor and our colleagues
in the House to be bold and move Oklahoma,” said Bingman.
“We must courageously confront our most pressing challenges
and leave this state better for our kids and grandkids.”
Also mentioned in his speech, Senator Bingman brought attention
to the many difficulties looming in the upcoming session such as
budget deficits and unfunded liabilities. Oklahoma’s pension
system faces a $16 billion unfunded liability and the state’s
budget deficit is expected to be somewhere between $225 million
and $600 million.
“We must always remember who we work for and as Oklahoma
families and businesses cut back; we cut back. Unlike the federal
government, we will be responsible with your tax dollars and keep
our spending down to affordable levels, focusing on priorities.”
Bingman concluded that the legislature should focus on priorities
and things that matter to Oklahomans. According to the new President
Pro Tempore, doing things that were promised on the election trail
will be a measure of their success. “We need to do what we
said we would do when we were running for office,” Bingman
For more information contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605