For Immediate Release: March 26, 2012
President George W. Bush Bridge
Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. David Holt with former President George
Bush in his Dallas office.
Sen. David Holt and Rep. Mike Sanders dedicate Oklahoma bridge
name with President George W. Bush
Holt (R - Oklahoma City) and Rep. Mike Sanders (R - Kingfisher)
this morning dedicated the "President George W. Bush Bridge"
with the former President himself in his office in Dallas, Texas.
The legislators presented President Bush with a replica of the
sign that was placed this past weekend at the southbound Interstate
44 Bridge over the Red River. The Oklahoma Legislature approved
the naming in 2011.
"Oklahomans remain grateful for President Bush's courage,
and we are glad that we had this opportunity to communicate that
personally," said Sen. Holt.
"We were deeply honored to represent the people of Oklahoma
today, and President Bush definitely appreciated it very much,"
said Rep. Sanders.
In 2011, Sen. Holt authored Senate Bill 304, for which Rep. Sanders
served as the author in the Oklahoma House. The bill named the
southbound Interstate 44 Bridge over the Red River the "President
George W. Bush Bridge." The bill passed the Legislature with
wide bipartisan support and was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin
on May 2, 2011.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation placed the sign this
Sen. Holt served in the White House of President George W. Bush
from 2002 to 2004 and coordinated the President's Oklahoma re-election
Rep. Sanders served President Bush during his 2000 campaign, then
in the White House, and then finally in the U.S. Department of
President George W. Bush won Oklahoma with over 60 percent of
the vote in 2000, and won every one of Oklahoma's 77 counties
in his 2004 re-election.