President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 6, 2011
Bingman Announces Remainder of Staff
President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, announced the remaining
members of his Leadership staff today as well as changes to the
Senate service staff. Former Senator Jim Williamson was previously
announced as Chief Policy Adviser and Legal Counsel.
Cheryl Leonhardt Boothe will join Sen. Bingman in the Pro Tempore’s
office after four years as his Senate Executive Assistant. Boothe
will continue to be Sen. Bingman’s EA upon her move to Room
“Over the last four years Cheryl has been an excellent Executive
Assistant. I am very fortunate to have her assistance going forward
in the Pro Tempore office,” said Bingman. “In college
at Oklahoma State University, she majored in Recreation; something
she proudly excelled at even though the title could be misleading.
Boothe had experience in the private sector before moving into public
service work and before working in the Senate she worked in the
Oklahoma House of Representatives. Cheryl is a proud mother of four
daughters, Christina, Jessica, Melissa and Morgan.
John Willbanks will join Bingman’s staff as Appointments
Secretary for Boards and Commissions. Before joining the Pro Tem’s
staff, Willbanks worked with Appropriations Chairman Sen. Mike Johnson.
A very welcoming and effective communicator, John has a knack for
hospitality. “Without public servants like John we would never
be able to manage the civic appointments process that is so important
to our state. I am glad to have his dedicated help as Appointments
Secretary for Boards and Commissions,” said Bingman. Willbanks
has a background in marketing and communications. He is a graduate
of the University of Central Oklahoma and he holds a Public Relations
Certificate from Rice University. John resides in Oklahoma City
with his wife Karen who he enjoys spending time with along with
their son Jonathan who is currently a student at the University
of Southern California.
Jarred Brejcha will fill the role of Communications Director and
Leadership Assistant. Brejcha was recently the Executive Director
of the Oklahoma State Republican Senatorial Committee during the
2010 election. “I have worked with Jarred for multiple years
and I am excited to bring him into a new capacity at the State Senate.
His skills will benefit our efforts to promote our agenda and work
with all Senate Members to move Oklahoma forward,” said Bingman.
He has been active in the business of politics going back to his
college days at the University of Tulsa, where he graduated in 2006.
Brejcha has worked for numerous Senate and House candidates and
members and he also worked for the re-election of U.S. Senator Jim
Inhofe in 2008. Prior to working with the Senate Republicans, Brejcha
managed Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s 2009 campaign. Jarred
is married to Jennifer and they have two dogs Peyton and Rayford.
Trait Thompson is the Legislative Director for Pro Tempore Bingman.
Trait is a dedicated worker with a passion for public policy. Before
joining the Pro Tem’s staff, Thompson was a Field Representative
for Governor-elect Mary Fallin and he also maintained the position
of Adjunct Professor at Rogers State University. “Trait is
a perfect fit for legislative director. His natural affinity for
policy work combined with a willingness to work hard and improve
Oklahoma makes him an excellent addition to our team,” Bingman
said. A true fan of John Wayne, Thompson can quote the Duke without
hesitation. In addition to being a policy wonk and a film buff,
Trait enjoys reading, playing golf and listening to live music.
Trait and his wife Sara have a three year old son and reside in
the Oklahoma City area.
Dallyn Minnick will be managing the front desk as Administrative
Assistant. Dallyn is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and
majored in Agricultural Communications. Before working for the Pro
Tem, Minnick was the Oklahoma City Coordinator for the One Oklahoma
Coalition, an organization that opposed State Question 744. “Dallyn
is a hard working individual and I appreciate her communications
and creative skills that add so much to our office,” said
Bingman. She remains involved with her family’s farming and
ranching operation back home in western Oklahoma.
Other staff changes occurred within the Senate service staff.
Chief of Staff Tom Walls is retiring and will be replaced by Randy
Dowell who will continue as Fiscal Director while assuming the Chief
of Staff duties. Restructuring within the service staff and Senate
as a whole from 2009 to present time has resulted in over $2.3 million
worth of savings through voluntary buyouts, page program cut backs,
part-time Executive Assistants for freshmen Senators, travel freezes,
attrition and continued furloughs.
For more information contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605