Tulsa legislators named to leadership positions in Oklahoma House
BY WAYNE GREENE World Senior Writer
Monday, December 03, 2012
12/03/12 at 11:18 AM
Two Tulsa legislators are in the top state House leadership announced Monday by Speaker-elect T.W. Shannon.
Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Tulsa, will be one of two House majority leaders along with Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan.
Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, will be Shannon's majority floor leader, a key role because it means she will be responsible for setting the daily agenda for the House and determining which bills will and will not be heard.
"I have worked with these members for years as I served in the legislature, and now it is my honor to serve with them as leaders of this great body," said Shannon, R-Lawton. "Each of them brings different talents, experiences and perspectives to our leadership team, and they will serve our colleagues well in their new positions."
Jordan said he was honored to receive the high-ranking role.
"There are many important issues before us, and it will take a lot of hard work and unity for us to come up with solutions. I look forward to being a part of that process, and I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by Speaker-elect Shannon," Jordan said.
Peterson, a former majority whip and senior member of the House, said she is anxious to get started in her new position.
"I'm very humbled and honored to have this opportunity," Peterson said. "I am looking forward to serving with Speaker-elect Shannon in this new leadership role."
To serve as the next Majority Whip, Shannon chose Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada.
Shannon chose Norman Republican Scott Martin as the chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Committee. Martin currently serves as the vice-chair of the Appropriations and Budget Committee.
Shannon said he will be announcing other leadership positions in the coming weeks, including the list of committee chairmen and vice-chairmen.
Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Tulsa