The Edmond Sun

January 8, 2013

Shannon elected as Speaker of the House

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — House Speaker-elect T.W. Shannon was overwhelmingly elected by his peers as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives during “Organization Day” Tuesday at the state Capitol.

In his acceptance speech following the vote, Speaker Shannon offered a glimpse of the Republican caucus agenda for the upcoming session, honing in on workers compensation reform, lowering the tax burden on Oklahomans and shoring up funding to maintain state assets.

“I am humbled by the confidence of my peers to lead our state Legislature and promote a pro-family, low tax, economic growth agenda,” said Shannon, R-Lawton. “We were sent here by the people of Oklahoma to implement the type of government that will create jobs, reduce burdensome regulations on businesses, expand individual freedom and push back against a federal government that habitually oversteps its bounds set forth by the Constitution.

“In doing that, we can be a model for the rest of the nation in how conservative policies can protect families and God-given rights, prosper individuals, increase freedom and grow economies. We have a lot of work to do, but I am confident that we have a majority caucus in place that is committed to Oklahoma.”

Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Del City congratulates Rep. T. W. Shannon of Lawton on his election as the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

“I know with Speaker Shannon as the leader of the House,” Inman stated, “we can work together to craft thoughtful policies and useful legislation that truly furthers the best interests of all Oklahomans.”

Speaker Shannon and Leader Inman started in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives together, first elected in 2006. Speaker Shannon noted their relationship in his acceptance address to the chamber, saying he regarded Leader Inman as a competitor and a friend, not an enemy. Leader Inman hopes that it is in this spirit of friendship that both Democratic and Republican caucuses can move Oklahoma forward together in the coming legislative session.

In addition, the House voted to elect state Rep. Mike Jackson, R-Enid, as House Speaker Pro-Tem and also voted to certify the members of the House of Representatives.

“If everyone pitches in and lends a helping hand, we can make this great state better for ourselves and our future,” Jackson said.