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Senator Cal Hobson
38th President Pro Tempore

Senator Cal Hobson - Thirty-eighth President Pro Tempore by Mike Wimmer
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Artist: Mike Wimmer
Sponsor: Senate Members of 48th Legislature
Dedication: February 24, 2003
Size: 30" x 36"
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: Senate Chamber

Senator Cal Hobson was born March 30, 1945. He earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Oklahoma and has completed all course work for a Masters degree. He served six years active duty in the U.S. Air Force and 26 years in the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard, earning the rank of colonel. He graduated with the highest honors from the Squadron Officer School in 1972 and the Air War College in 1993.

In 1978, he was elected State Representative. During his career in the House, Hobson served as Chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on public safety and later was appointed Chairman of the House appropriations committee.Hobson was elected to the State Senate in 1990, and has served as chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on public safety and judiciary; chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on education; and vice-chairman of the full Senate appropriations committee.In 2002, his Senate colleagues elected him to the post of Senate President Pro Tempore – the top leadership position in the upper legislative chamber. In addition to setting the agenda for the Senate, the President Pro Tempore is second in the line of succession to the governor, serving as state chief executive when both the governor and lieutenant governor are out of state. Hobson’s first two-year term in the leadership post began on January 7, 2003.

Senator Cal Hobson lives in Lexington, Oklahoma, with his wife Elaine. They have three children, Matt, Jack and Aubrey.

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