Link to main pageLink to SenatorsLink to LegislationLink to ScheduleLink to CommitteesLink to PublicationsLink to NewsLink to Staff

Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2012

Sen. Constance N. Johnson
Sen. Constance N. Johnson

Statement from the Legislative Black Caucus on Senate refusal to hear Jim Roth’s nomination

The Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s refusal to hear the nomination of Jim Roth to the State Election Board.

“We are disheartened by the Senate Rules Committee’s refusal to allow Gov. Mary Fallin’s nomination of Jim Roth to the State Election Board to be heard in committee. Committee Chair Sen. Rob Johnson’s statements that he did not have the votes to pass the nomination are insufficient to address his refusal to even give Mr. Roth a chance to receive an up or down vote.

“Jim Roth, Oklahoma’s first openly gay statewide office holder, is imminently qualified. As an attorney he is well versed in the laws of this state. He has served as District 1 Oklahoma County Commissioner and as a Corporation Commissioner. The Governor appointed Mr. Roth to the State Election Board in October of 2011, where he has presided over several special legislative elections and the sign-up process for candidates for the 2012 election. This fact alone attests to his effectiveness regardless of his political affiliation.

“We hope that as author of the controversial State Question 759 (Affirmative Action Repeal), Sen. Rob Johnson’s reasons for not hearing Jim Roth’s nomination are unrelated to his sexual orientation. We urge Senate leadership to reconsider their decision and to give Mr. Roth’s nomination due process.”

For more information, contact:
Sen. Johnson: (405) 521-5531
Chair, Legislative Black Caucus

Inon: Horizontal Blue Band

May Press Releases | Press Releases