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February 10, 2014

State House selects Hickman as next speaker

OKLA. CITY — The House of Representatives on Monday selected state Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, as Speaker of the House by a vote of 69-29.

Hickman replaces outgoing Speaker T.W. Shannon, who resigned last week in order to run for U.S. Senate. Democrat Scott Inman, D-Del City, received all of the Democrat’s votes in the House.

“Jeff Hickman is a dedicated leader who has earned the respect of his colleagues,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “I am confident he will be an effective and hardworking speaker of the House. I look forward to working with him in his new role as we continue to pursue commonsense conservative policies that will help create jobs and eliminate government waste.”

Hickman, 39, is term limited in 2016. He and his wife, Jana, have two daughters, Taylor and Ashley and a son, Austin. His family is the fifth generation of landowners for farming in Alfalfa and Woods counties.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1996. Hickman is the former press secretary of the Office of the President at the University of Oklahoma. He is also the former vice president for Omni Media Group in Woodward.

“Speaker Hickman is a man of integrity with a heart focused on Oklahoman’s best interest,” Inman said. “I look forward to working side by side with him in a bipartisan manner to address the issues facing our great state.”

Hickman has served as chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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