State Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, was among the representatives removed from newly elected House Speaker Jeff Hickman’s leadership team this week. The House leadership group meets on Mondays to advise the speaker on strategic policy issues.
“For the past year I’ve had the great honor of being on Speaker Shannon’s leadership team,” Murphey said Tuesday morning. “It’s been one of the neatest experiences of my time in the legislature.”
Murphey said he was a vocal supporter of Shannon, R-Lawton and Speaker Pro Tem Mike Jackson, R-Enid, who was Hickman’s opponent when running for speaker.
Numerous political patronage appointments were made by Hickman to his leadership team, Murphey said. Appointments to the leadership team usually go to House members who have supported a newly-elected Speaker of the House, Murphey said.
“This certainly would be no exception,” Murphey said.
Murphey remains the chairman of the Government Modernization Committee, he said.
“It does not affect my personal goals as far as transparency and efficiency,” Murphey said.
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