CapitolBeatOK Staff Report
Oklahoma City – Friday (December 12), House Speaker Jeffrey W. Hickman announced the chairs and vice chairs for the standing House committees and appropriation subcommittees of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature.
“I am truly grateful for our members who are willing to serve in leadership roles for our committees,” said Hickman, R-Fairview. “We are blessed with very talented members in the House, and I am confident those I have asked to serve as chairs and vice chairs will use their varied experiences in the private sector to help move Oklahoma forward.”
Committees and their leadership include Administrative Rules: Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, Chair, and Rep. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, Vice Chair; Agriculture & Rural Development: Rep. Jon Enns, R-Enid, Chair, and Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, Vice Chair; and Alcohol, Tobacco & Controlled Substances: Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, Chair, and Rep. William Fourkiller, D-Stillwell, Vice Chair.
These legislators will lead the Appropriations and Budget process for 2015 Appropriations & Budget Committee: Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, Chair, and Rep. Dennis Casey, R-Morrison, Vice Chair;
A & B Education Subcommittee: Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, Chair, Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, Vice Chair; A & B General Government Subcommittee: Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, Chair
Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, Vice Chair; A & B Health Subcommittee: Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, Chair, Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, Vice Chair; A & B Human Services Subcommittee: Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, Chair, Rep. Wade Rousselot, D-Wagoner, Vice Chair; A & B Natural Resources & Regulatory Services Subcommittee: Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, Chair, Rep. John Pfeiffer, R-Mulhall, Vice Chair; A & B Public Safety Subcommittee: Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, Chair, Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay, Vice Chair; A & B Judiciary Subcommittee: Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, Chair, Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair; A & B Revenue & Tax Subcommittee: Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, Chair, and Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka, Vice Chair; and the A & B Transportation Subcommittee:, Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, Chair
Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, Vice Chair.
Other key panels and their leaders include Banking & Financial Services: Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, Chair, Rep. James Leewright, R-Bristow, Vice Chair; Business, Labor & Retirement Laws: Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City, Chair, Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks, Vice Chair; Children, Youth & Family Services: Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, Chair, Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, Vice Chair; Common Education: Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, Chair, Rep. Michael Rogers, R-Broken Arrow, Vice Chair; County & Municipal Government: Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, Chair, Rep. Scooter Park, R-Devol, Vice Chair, Criminal Justice & Corrections: Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, Chair, Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa, Vice Chair; Economic Development, Commerce & Real Estate: Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, Chair, Rep. Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond, Vice Chair; Elections & Ethics: Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, Chair; Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, Vice Chair; Energy & Natural Resources: Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa, Chair, Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, Vice Chair; and Environmental Law: Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City, Chair, Rep. Travis Dunlap, R-Bartlesville, Vice Chair.
Additionally, Government Oversight & Accountability Committee: Rep. Tom Newell, R-Seminole, Chair, Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, Vice Chair, Higher Ed & Career Tech: Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, Chair, Rep. Justin Wood, R-Shawnee, Vice Chair; Insurance: Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, Chair, Rep. Jeff Coody, R-Grandfield, Vice Chair, Judiciary & Civil Procedure: Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond, Chair, Rep. Jonathan Echols, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair, Long-term Care & Senior Services:Rep: Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs, Chair, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa, Vice Chair; Public Health: Rep: Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, Chair, Rep. Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair; Public Safety: Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, Chair, Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Norman, Vice Chair, Rules: Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, Chair, Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair, and State & Federal Relations: Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia, Chair, Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno, Vice Chair.
Rounding out the committee leadership lists were State Government Operations: Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, Chair, Rep. Mark Lepak, R- Claremore, Vice Chair; Transportation: Rep. Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City, Chair, Rep. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, Vice Chair; Tourism & International Relations: Rep. Josh Cockroft, R-Tecumseh, Chair, Rep. R.C. Pruett, D-Antlers, Vice Chair; Utilities: Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, Chair, Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, Vice Chair; Veterans & Military Affairs: Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant, Chair, Rep. Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris, Vice Chair; and Wildlife: Rep. Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City, Chair, Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, Vice Chair.