Oklahoma State Senator Tom Dugger issues statement on the passing of friend and mentor, former Sen. Jim Halligan

Oklahoma City — State Senator Tom Dugger, R-Stillwater, released the following statement Tuesday (October 26) after the passing of his predecessor and friend, former Senator Jim Halligan.

“I met Jim Halligan when he was president of OSU and I was doing volunteer work for the university. I remember he was very soft-spoken, a consummate professional and competent in every way.

“My admiration for his character and professionalism grew through the years, and when he decided to run for the Oklahoma Senate, he asked me to be his campaign treasurer, which I did. When Jim came to tell me he’d decided against seeking a third term, he suggested I run for the seat.

“Jim was both a mentor and trusted friend, and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ann, their children, and grandchildren as we mourn his passing and give thanks for a well-lived life of service.”