Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, was named “senate legislator of the year” by the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee, a conservative think tank based in Oklahoma City.
Dahm scored a perfect 100 on the Conservative Index, a rating system from the Oklahoma Constitution, a conservative quarterly newspaper.
According to OCPAC, “Beyond simply voting the principled way when given the opportunity, (Dahm) authored and championed many of the bills on and off the Index which supported conservative values. As Majority Whip, he rallied the other conservatives to each cause and negotiated tirelessly with Senate leadership and less conservative senators to gain support for property rights, states’ rights, gun rights, and the right to life. This is our most prestigious award in the Senate.”
The runner-up was Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, who scored 90 on the Index.
The “Senate RINO (Republican in Name Only) of the Year” was Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City. Yen got a score of 3 out of 100 on the Conservative Index. The lowest Democrat score in the Senate was 23.
“Senator Yen is an enemy of liberty on every front, and he is arguably the worst senator in the history of Oklahoma politics, if we discount sex scandals and criminal activity,” according to OCPAC President John Michener. “Fortunately, voters have a chance to hunt this RINO at the ballot box next year when Yen is up for “unelection.’”
Freshman Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, was OCPAC’s runner-up Senate RINO of the Year.
Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, was House Legislator of the Year. Murphey has scored a perfect 100 on the Index eleven years in a row, making him the highest scoring legislator in the thirty-nine-year history of the Index. The runner-up was Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, who also scored 100 this year.
The “House Freshman of the Year” was Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola. The median Conservative Index score of freshman Republicans was only 20. Gann voted against the unconstitutional tax increases and new regulatory burdens and took the initiative to file conservative bills such as the Parental Rights Vaccine Act in an attempt to protect parents who have been under attack by Yen. Gann was also a co-author of the Resolution to Ban Abortion. The runner-up was Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener.
The “House RINO of the Year” was Tess Teague, R-Choctaw). Teague did not cast a single conservative vote on the Index and scored 9 out of 100. The runner-up was Rep. Scott McEachin, R-Tulsa, who scored only 10 on the Index.
The award, the “Wilberforce Champion of Life,” went to Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks. William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a member of the British Parliament and is famous for his life-long campaign to abolish the slave trade.
Year after year he introduced legislation to abolish slavery, even when he knew it was not popular and would not help his political career.