The Edmond Sun

Nation & World

January 29, 2014

Shannon steps forward for Senate race

OKLA. CITY — Oklahoma’s Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Wednesday morning with a goal to preserve God given values that do not originate from government, he said.

A crowd of nearly 100 supporters packed the Jim Thorpe Association as Shannon spoke with his wife Devon at his side.

“Friends that is the firm foundation on which our nation stands,” Shannon said. “And at the core of those rights is that which I believe the human heart desires more than anything. That’s freedom. Freedom to worship — freedom to speak your mind — freedom to live as you choose to pursue any dream you see fit.”

Also running for U.S. Senate is Congressman James Lankford, R-Edmond. Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma’s First Congressional District on Monday said he will not be running for Senate.

No Democrats have announced their bid for the Senate seat. Democrat Kenneth Corn, a former state senator, said on Monday that he will not seek the U.S. Senate position being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

Shannon said he is concerned what type of a country his children will inherit as adults. Hard work and perserverance were once enough to succeed in business, Shannon said. Individuals striving to succeed today are forced to face a maze of unreasonable federal regulations that hinders progress, he added.

“It used to be that in America, you could see any doctor that you wanted,” Shannon said. “You could buy whatever health insurance you could afford, but today Obamacare forces us to purchase health insurance we may not want and covers health procedures we probably don’t even need.”

Freedom has been under assault during the past six years, said Shannon, who vowed to further protect families’ values by saying “no” to spending and debt.

“Standing by and doing nothing as our country goes so far in the wrong direction just is not an option for me,” Shannon said. “I firmly believe what we do in public office is a ministry.”

Shannon feels the same calling that he recognized eight years ago when he decided to run for the state House of Representatives, he said. Oklahoma needed energetic conservative leaders put government back on the right path, he said.

“During my time in office I was able to cut taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars, eliminate millions in waste and duplication and fundementally reform our state’s workers’ compensation system, saving business owners $140 million a year,” said Shannon, who will turn 36 in February.

He also supported the state’s work requirement for any person receiving food stamps to work at least 20 hours per week. Conservatism is about removing people from welfare, he said. Shannon’s vision has been to show the rest of the country what type of prosperity can come from conservative policies, he said.

“There will also be room to improve, but what we have now is a state with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country,” Shannon said. The state’s unemployment rate in January was 5.4 percent, said Ken Miller, state treasurer.

Shannon said he has worked to prevent more state debt from accumulating. Government should not spend more money than it has, he said. Oklahoma has reduced its bond indebtedness by $85 million because of conservative principles that Shannon supported, he said.

“If we stay on this path, refusing to add more debt, we will have paid off 85 percent of our bond indebtedness in 15 years,” Shannon said. “That’s a great example for Washington, D.C.”

Lowering the tax burden and restoring the military are part of Shannon’s core beliefs, he said. Human life must be protected from the moment of conception, he continued. The U.S. Constitution was not written to restrict liberties but to limit the tyranny of government, he said.

“I believe we are guaranteed the right to bear arms and that we should not restrict that right,” Shannon said. “I believe the private sector should create jobs — not government.”

The nation can unite as conservatives and elect leaders who will choose the right policies, he said.

“Or we can continue to elect the same status-quo politicians to Washington, D.C.,” Shannon said.

Shannon will continue in his role as House Speaker during his Senate campaign. He was re-elected to the state House in 2012. His term expires this year. His name will not appear on the ballot for re-election to the state House as Oklahoma law prohibits candidates from running for more than one office at a time, said Paul Ziriax, secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board.

The Republican National Committee recently named Shannon one of its “Rising Stars.” Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Cameron University and a law degree from Oklahoma City University.

His professional experience includes working as a self-employed consultant.

He and his wife Devon have two children, Audrey Grace and T.W. II. Shannon teaches Sunday school at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lawton where his family worships.

“You have my pledge, friends, that if you send me to the United States Senate, I will make every moment count working on your behalf,” Shannon said.

TO LEARN MORE about the U.S. Senate campaign of state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, go to

Text Only
Nation & World
  • MS_injection well.jpg Agency clarifies earthquake-related misinformation

    A state agency says misinformation related to the debate about the cause of more earthquakes across Central Oklahoma includes oil well types, well numbers and injection pressure.
    The Prague sequence of 2011 along the Wilzetta Fault zone included a significant foreshock, a main shock of magnitude 5.7 and numerous aftershocks. It has been suggested that this sequence represents tremors triggered by fluid injection.
    More recently, earthquakes have been recorded in the vicinity of Jones, Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Guthrie, Langston and Crescent. Regulators and scientists are working together to better understand what’s causing all the shaking.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • bomb1 VIDEO: A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong

    The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • New study counters pot legalization argument

    A new study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences, a researcher says.
    Researchers say the findings suggest recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes and highlight the importance of research aimed at understanding the long-term effects of low to moderate marijuana use on the brain.

    April 15, 2014

  • Anita Hill.jpg Anita Hill reflects on her fateful testimony, 23 years later

    Back in 1993, I rounded a corner of a Laguna Beach, Calif., grocery store and walked straight into Anita Hill.
    We both stopped in our tracks. She looked slightly panicked, like someone had turned on a light in a room, and all she wanted was the door.
    It took a moment to register that this was the woman who, just two years before, calmly testified before a Senate committee about the sexual harassment she endured while working for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas  at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of all places.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • jc_Erick Wyatt.JPG Norman man takes on challenge to unseat Inhofe

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a series of candidate profiles leading up to the 2014 Oklahoma elections.

    Erick Wyatt is running for U.S. Senate to be a strong voice of the people, he said. More than anything, Wyatt said he is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe for the sake of his children.
    The Norman Republican vows to represent the people’s interests instead of the interests of powerful political groups, Wyatt said.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140414_MALAYSIA_Bluefin.jpg In new phase to find Flight 370, search robot will enter ocean

    The pings have sputtered out in the multinational search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, forcing search crews to deploy an underwater robot to find a plane that’s eluded human efforts.
    In a last-ditch effort to find the Boeing 777 and its black box flight recorders, a U.S. Navy submersible vehicle will be used to scan an area in the southern Indian Ocean for debris.
    “We haven’t had a single detection in six days, so I guess it’s time to go underwater,” Angus Houston, who heads Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center, told a news conference in that country’s western city of Perth on Monday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 25801486.jpg VIDEO: Northern California bus crash kills 10

    At least nine people died in Northern California on Thursday night, in an accident involving a bus, a car and FedEx truck. The bus was filled with high school students from Southern California who were on their way to visit a college campus.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strong earthquake rattles Logan County

    Ray Dorwart, owner of Guthrie’s Dorwart Custom Boots, 117 S. Second, said he was in his store working on a sewing machine when he felt the structure shake Monday morning.
    Dorwart was on the phone with an out-of-state friend when he heard some tools rattle and felt the wood floor vibrate.

    April 7, 2014

  • Number of Americans without health insurance reaches new low

    The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the health care law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured.
    Just 14.7 percent of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from 18 percent in the last quarter of 2013, the survey from Gallup found.

    April 7, 2014

  • Daniel Dissinger, 13.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed 3 brothers

    Two siblings, a 14-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, survived the early-morning Friday inferno that may have been touched off by kerosene lanterns used in the home. They ran to a neighbor’s house to ask for help and were later treated for smoke inhalation.
    A sixth child, age 4 ½, was spending the night at a friend’s house.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos