Oklahoma House of Representatives Elects Speaker Jeff Hickman
The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly elected state Rep. Jeff Hickman as Speaker of the House today.
Hickman immediately took office to lead the House in the Second Session of the 54th Legislature.
In his acceptance speech, Hickman said that under his watch, the House will remain committed to responsible and limited government and dedicated to becoming better stewards of the taxpayers’ money and infrastructure.
Gov. Fallin Delivers 2014 State of the State Address
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today delivered her 2014 State of the State address to a joint session of the Oklahoma Legislature. In it, Fallin outlined her legislative priorities and agenda for the coming year. The governor focused on job creation, reducing government spending and waste, improving school safety, supporting education, cutting taxes and standing up to federal intrusion and Obamacare.
Governor Fallin Appoints New Secretary of Energy and Environment
Governor Mary Fallin today announced the appointment of Col. Michael Teague to the position of secretary of energy and environment. The position of secretary of energy and environment is new, combining the positions of secretary of energy, previously held by Michael Ming, and secretary of environment, previously held by Gary Sherrer. Fallin said the two policy areas are linked, making it practical to combine them under one cabinet post.
“Strong energy policy is strong environmental policy,” said Fallin. “In Col. Teague’s new role, his mission will be to help develop policies that encourage energy exploration and production as well as responsible environmental stewardship. His years of experience dealing with energy production and distribution, infrastructure development, and water management will serve him well as Oklahoma’s first secretary of energy and environment. I am proud to have him on my team.”