The 2014 legislative session — my 10th serving the people of Oklahoma and Senate District 12 — has come to an end.
I have had the privilege to serve as the leader of the Senate for four years, and my colleagues have asked me to continue in that capacity for two more. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in that time.
We have had some monumental change, including lawsuit reform that eliminated jackpot justice and Workers Compensation reform that placed priority on getting workers healthy and back on the job.
We have worked to reduce the size of government and make the core services available to our citizens more efficient. We have funded the eight-year transportation plan to repair and replace our state’s long-neglected roads and bridges.
We have reformed our education system to empower parents, get more money into the classroom, encourage local control and expand school choice. We stopped the expansion of Medicaid and creation of a state insurance exchange tied to “Obamacare,” all while continuing our successful, locally-created Insure Oklahoma program to help move the uninsured onto the private insurance rolls.
We protected our state’s constitutional rights, including the right to life and the right to bear arms.
This year, we added to our accomplishments with landmark pension reform, a tax cut for Oklahoma families, increased funding for common education, much-needed raises for critical state employees like Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, corrections officers, child welfare workers and nurses.
We approved a bond to fix our crumbling Capitol building and worked to reform our state’s gross production tax collections, which will cause increased growth in the energy industry.
These responsible, conservative reforms have improved our government, making it more responsive to the people and efficient in its operation. We have made Oklahoma more business-friendly, which has led to growth in our state’s economy. I am proud of the work we have done, and I hope you are too.
If so, I urge you to get engaged. Go vote, call your legislator, be a part of the next round of successes in the years to come. Oklahoma has an immense amount of momentum right now.
Together, I am confident we can make our state the most prosperous in the nation.