Senator Andrew Rice
Democratic Floor Leader
Senate District 46
For Immediate Release: October 18, 2011
Sen. Andrew Rice
Sen. Rice's Statement on Resignation from State Senate
"Today I submitted letters to the Secretary of the Senate,
President Pro Tempore Bingman, and Governor Fallin informing them
that I will resign my duties as State Senator effective Jan. 15th,
“I am supporting my wife in her pursuit of a career opportunity
outside of the state of Oklahoma. She has made immense sacrifices
for me in her support of my political career and public service,
and I am honored to be able to reciprocate that for her now. Therefore,
I will be unable to serve the remainder of my term, which ends in
November 2014. By law, Gov. Fallin will call a special election
for Senate District 46 within 30 days of my effective date of resignation.
The Senate Democratic Caucus will hold an internal election in the
coming months to choose a new Senate Democratic Leader to succeed
me when I leave the Senate.
“It has been an immense honor and privilege to serve the
people of Senate District 46. I am grateful I have had the opportunity
to be their voice at the State Capitol. I will miss the many friendships
that I have formed with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and
the senate staff. I will also greatly miss the many relationships
I have formed with the citizens of this great state. We are sad
that this change will take us away from Oklahoma, but this is the
best decision for our family at this time.
“Although I've run unsuccessfully for higher office, and
have had a great deal of ambition politically, I have always approached
my public service as a temporary and limited part of my career.
I have been honored to fill that role for a short time, and I am
confident that District 46 will be well served with the new ideas
and passion that will come from electing a new Senator.
“I look forward to what lies ahead for me in my career now
that I am leaving elected office. Whatever it may be, I will continue
to pursue ways to try and improve the common good, and be a voice
for the underdog."
For more information, contact:
Sen. Rice: (405) 521-5610