Two Tulsa legislators tapped for House speaker's leadership team
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
12/04/12 at 7:33 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Two Tulsa lawmakers have been named to incoming House Speaker T.W. Shannon's leadership team, his office said Monday.
Shannon, R-Lawton, tapped Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Tulsa, as a majority leader, along with Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan.
Jordan, an attorney, said the post has been used by prior administrations but in the last few years hasn't been filled.
The majority leader assists the speaker with leadership and policy issues, helps ensure the House works toward a common goal and helps the speaker accomplish the goals of the House, said Jordan, who was elected to the House in 2007.
The majority leader also assists the speaker with working with the governor and Senate, Jordan said.
"I am very excited about it," Jordan said from the House Republican caucus meeting in Medicine Park. "It is a tremendous honor. It is going to be a great responsibility and something I look forward to."
Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, was tapped as majority floor leader. The person in the post traditionally has considerable input about which bills will be heard on the House floor.
Peterson has a background in television and was elected in 2005.
"I am really humbled and honored to be selected by the speaker for this position," Peterson said. "There are many, many capable members in the House."
Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, was selected as majority whip. He is a coordinator for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, was tapped as chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. He currently is the vice chairman of the committee.
Shannon said he will announce other leadership posts in the coming weeks, including the list of committee chairmen and vice-chairmen.
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