For Immediate Release: April 30, 2012
Brian Bingman named President Pro Tempore-Designate for the 54th
Senate Republicans Monday voted by acclamation Monday
to re-elect Brian
Bingman to the position of President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma
state Senate. Bingman, R-Sapulpa, is now President Pro Tempore-Designate
for the 54th Legislature. Bingman continues to serve as Senate
President Pro Tempore through the end of the 53rd Legislature
in 2012. Majority Leader Mike Schulz said Bingman has been an
effective leader as lawmakers have worked to promote Oklahoma’s
economic recovery with a pro-jobs agenda.
"Pro Tem Bingman is a common-sense conservative leader defined
by Oklahoma values and a commitment to moving our state forward,"
said Schulz, R-Altus. "I am proud to support him as Pro Tem,
and I look forward to working together in the next legislature."
Appropriations Chair Clark Jolley said Bingman had consistently
demonstrated his ability to reach consensus on key issues in policy
and budget matters.
"Strong conservative leadership is needed now
more than ever at the Oklahoma Legislature," said Jolley,
R-Edmond. "Together, we have achieved historic medical malpractice
lawsuit reform, workers compensation reform, and turned back the
size and scope of government. Now is the time to seize our momentum
and put Oklahoma on a path to prosperity and economic freedom—I
am excited to continue working with my friend, Brian Bingman,
as we advance conservative solutions for the challenges we face.”
During his first two-year term as Pro Tempore of the Senate, Bingman
secured support for key economic development issues including
worker’s comp and lawsuit reform. Despite a $500 million
budget shortfall, Bingman ensured core services, including education,
transportation and public safety, were shielded from deep cuts
by promoting cost-saving measures that improved efficiency and
reduced the size of state government.
Sen. Cliff Branan, Majority Whip, nominated Bingman for the position
of President Pro Tempore-Designate for the 54th Legislature during
Monday’s caucus meeting.
“Our entire caucus is proud to work with Pro Tem Bingman
to create jobs and grow Oklahoma’s economy,” said
Branan, R-Oklahoma City. “Senator Bingman is an effective,
solutions-driven leader. We know him to be a strong conservative
with a proven track record of results for the people of Oklahoma.”
Bingman expressed appreciation for the confidence of his Senate
“We all want to see Oklahoma prosper with a growing economy
and state government that is smaller, simpler, and smarter,”
said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “Our Senate Republican team has
accomplished great things—yet, there is much work to be
done. I am honored by the confidence my fellow members have placed
in me, and leading our caucus is a responsibility I take very