Republicans vote for McCall as Speaker

Republicans in the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted last week to make Rep. Charles A. McCall their choice as Speaker-elect.

After the November 8 election, Republicans gained an historic 75-26 seat majority in the Oklahoma House. There are 25 new Republican representatives. The House Republican Caucus elected its leadership for the 56th Legislature.

“I am truly grateful for the support of my colleagues,” said McCall, R-Atoka, who ran unopposed for the position. “There are several challenges facing us in 2017 that voters have entrusted us to overcome. We are going to develop good, conservative solutions to those problems, and we are going to promote a pro-economic growth, pro-family agenda with the goal of making our state more competitive and all Oklahomans more prosperous. Voters sent House Republicans a clear message (on November 8): They believe in the policies we have put in place during the last 12 years as the majority and they want us to continue those efforts.”

In addition to electing McCall, the caucus chose state Rep. Harold Wright as Speaker Pro Tempore-elect.

“I’m humbled that my colleagues trust me to do this job, and I am looking forward to working with Speaker-elect McCall and the members of the caucus,” said Wright, R-Weatherford. “I feel like 2017 is going to be a great year for the citizens of Oklahoma, despite the budgetary and policy challenges ahead. We have great leadership, and I am ready to get to work for the people of Oklahoma.”

State Rep. David Brumbaugh was chosen as Caucus Chairman for a second term.

“It has been a privilege to serve the caucus as chairman during the past two years, and I am honored to continue serving,” said Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow. “I always look at this position as a way to serve the members, much like I serve my own constituents. This job is vitally important if we are going to build coalitions that get the people’s work done.”

Other elected leadership positions include:

  • Vice Caucus Chairwoman, state Rep. Elise Hall, R-Bethany, who ran unopposed and was elected for a second term.
  • Caucus Secretary, state Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, who ran unopposed and was elected for a second term.

During the next several weeks Speaker-elect McCall will announce additional appointed leadership positions, as well as committee structure and committee appointments.

On Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m., the newly elected members of the entire House were sworn in at the Capitol. On January 3, the full House will convene for an Organizational Day to certify newly elected members and formally elect House leadership.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif issued the oath of office to Oklahoma legislators in a special ceremony at the state Capitol on Statehood Day, the 109th anniversary of the day Oklahoma was established as the nation’s 46th state. The 101 newly elected members include 32 new members and 69 incumbents. Rick West, R-Heavener; Matt Meredith, D-Hulbert; Josh West, R-Grove; Tom Gann, R-Inola; Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow; Avery Carl Frix, R-Muskogee; Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee; Justin “JJ” Humphrey, R- Lane; Dell Kerbs, R-Shawnee; Kyle Hilbert, R-Depew; Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa; Greg Baninec, R-Cushing; Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond;Tim Downing, R-Purcell; Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan; Kevin West, R-Moore; Carl Newton, R-Woodward; Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon; Rande Worthen, R-Lawton; Scott McEachin, R-Tulsa; Carol Bush, R-Tulsa; Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa; Dale Derby, R-Owasso; Meloyde Blancett, D-Tulsa; Mike Osburn, R-Edmond; Tammy West, R- Bethany; Colin Walke, D-Oklahoma City; Forrest Bennett, D-Oklahoma City; Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City; Roger Ford, R-Midwest City; Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City; and Tess Teague, R-Choctaw.