Senate Republicans Elect Mike Schulz
Pro Tempore-designate; other leadership posts announced
Republicans have elected Mike Schulz as President Pro Tempore-designate
of the Oklahoma State Senate. The Altus Republican is the
first Pro Tempore from western Oklahoma in more than 50 years.
Schulz will lead a historic Republican Caucus that includes
42 members, the largest majority held by either party since
1965, when the Senate went from 44 seats to 48 to assure equal
representation for citizens across the state.
“I’m deeply honored to be elected
the next Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. I appreciate
the confidence placed in me by my Republican colleagues and
I look forward to working with each of them to make Oklahoma
a stronger and more prosperous state,” Schulz said.
“The challenges we face look overwhelming at times,
but we can overcome them all by working together. Senate Republicans
are serious about working toward long-term solutions and I
know the enthusiasm, expertise, and experience of the men
and women in this caucus will help us make Oklahoma stronger.”
Senate Republicans named Schulz President Pro
Tem-designate in April. This week’s vote allowed the
13 freshmen members of the Senate Republican Caucus the chance
to vote in leadership elections.
Schulz previously served as Floor Leader of
the Senate, a position he has held since 2011. He was first
elected to the Senate in 2006 in a special election. The Senate
will organize in January, at which time the Pro Tem will be
officially elected by the entire Senate, and rules for the
2017 session will be passed.
Schulz announces Senate leadership appointments
Schulz announced two appointments to key leadership
positions in the Senate. He has named Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma
City, as Floor Leader.
“Oklahoma is a tremendous state already,
but our best days are ahead. We face some big challenges but
Senate Republicans are ready and look forward to offering
up ideas that will help us reach that brighter future,”
Treat said. “I’m honored that Pro Tem Schulz would
appoint me to serve as Floor Leader, and I look forward to
working with him and my Senate colleagues on bold ideas to
lead our state forward.”
Schulz named Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, as chair of the Senate
Appropriations Committee. David is the first woman in the
history of the Senate to be named to that position.
“Despite our recent and persistent budget
challenges, there are real opportunities for innovative reforms
to fund core functions of government that ensure Oklahomans
get the best return on their tax dollars. I’m excited
about the challenge and look forward to working with Pro Tem
Schulz, my Senate colleagues, and the people of this great
state,” David said.
At a later date, Schulz will announce the committee
structure, committee chairs, and committee appointments.
Republicans elect other leadership positions
Senate Republicans also voted to fill leadership
• Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, was
elected Chair of the Republican Caucus.
• Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, was elected Vice-Chair
of the Republican Caucus
• Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, was elected Assistant
Majority Floor Leader
• Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, was elected Assistant
Majority Floor Leader
• Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, was elected
Assistant Majority Floor Leader
• Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro, was elected Majority Whip
• Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, was elected Majority
• Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, was elected Majority
• Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, was elected Majority
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