The First Word 12.01.2022

I hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving holiday and are now getting ready for the Christmas season! We have a lot to be Thankful for here at ACEC OKLAHOMA. Our outstanding Board and General Membership Meetings on November 9th with Speaker McCall sharing his insight after the election results and topics for the upcoming legislative session was very well received. We are now organizing our Legislative Committee which will provide insight and help review proposed bills and resolutions. If you have any interest in serving on the Legislative Committee please contact me at

Election Information: November 16th was the swearing in day for the House and Senate which was also when Oklahoma became the 46th State of the union 115 years ago.

Republicans will hold an 81-20 advantage over Democrats going into the 2023 session. Republicans lost one seat in the general election, House District 70 where Suzanne Schreiber, D-Tulsa, defeated Brad Banks in the race to fill former Rep. Carol Bush’s seat. Bush, R-Tulsa, did not seek reelection.

Democrats also gained a vote in committee and on the floor that they did not have during the 2022 regular and special sessions when Rep. Arturo Alonso, D-Oklahoma City, was elected to fill the vacant House District 89 seat.
In addition to Schreiber and Alonso, there are 14 new members in the House:
• House District 11, Rep. John Kane, R- Bartlesville;
• House District 13, Rep. Neil Hays, R-Checotah;
• House District 21, Rep. Cody Maynard, R-Durant;
• House District 24, Rep. Chris Banning, Bixby;
• House District 31, Rep. Collin Duel, R-Guthrie;
• House District 36, Rep. John George, R-Newalla;
• House District 44, Rep. Jared Deck, D-Norman;
• House District 45, Rep. Annie Menz, D-Norman;
• House District 49, Rep. Josh Cantrell, R-Kingston;
• House District 55, Rep. Nick Archer, R-Elk City;
• House District 66, Rep. Clay Staires, R-Skiatook;
• House District 69, Rep. Mark Tedford, R-Jenks;
• House District 71, Rep. Amanda Swope, D-Tulsa; and
• House District 87, Rep. Ellyn Hefner, D-Oklahoma City.
Ninety-four members took their oaths Wednesday, according to the House. The remaining members will take their oaths on a later day.

Republicans now hold a 40-8 advantage over Democrats in the Senate after former Sen. JJ Dossett, D-Owasso, lost his Senate District 34 reelection bid in the general election to Dana Prieto, R-Tulsa.
Eight new members joined the Senate. The new members, in addition to Prieto, include:
• Senate District 2, Sen. Ally Seifried, R-Claremore;
• Senate District 4, Sen. Tom Woods, R-Westville;
• Senate District 12, Sen. Todd Gollihare, R-Kellyville;
• Senate District 14, Sen. Jerry Alvord, R-Lone Grove;
• Senate District 18, Sen. Jack Stewart, R-Yukon;
• Senate District 22, Sen. Kristen Thompson, R-Edmond; and
• Senate District 28, Sen. Grant Green, R-Wellston.
Twenty-three of the eligible 24 senators, those from even-numbered districts, participated in Wednesday’s ceremony. Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, was sworn-in November 7 due to a scheduling conflict.
The 59th Legislature officially will convene January 3 for organizational day. Members will return to the Capitol to reconvene the session and for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s fifth state of the state address on February 6.
After feedback from our members, we are providing additional guidance for our local Engineering Excellence submissions. Our online portal is not working as intended--we will move forward with the traditional submission process used in the past.

  • The guidance and instructions for submission will mirror the guidelines from last year. You can access the guidelines and instructions here. Upon completion, please email a completed form to

Our local submission cost is $250 for members and $550 for non-members. This is payable to ACEC OKLAHOMA and we will invoice your company upon receipt of the entry.

  • December 12th is the Deadline for submission

  • Judging is December 15th for the Oklahoma entries and notifications of entries who could, at their option, enter into the National EEA Competition will be communicated by December 16th.

Event Information:
Where: Community College McKeon Center for Creativity. 910 S Boston Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119
When: Feb 9. 4 PM Membership Meeting. 5 PM Cocktail Reception. 6 PM Award Ceremony.

Please contact us with any questions and thank you for your patience.
Project Management Bootcamp Presented by PSMJ
For over 20 years, sending key staff through PSMJ's A/E/C Project Management Bootcamp has been standard practice for engineering firms committed to superior financial results, ecstatic clients, and a winning culture. Smart executives know their most valuable contributors will return with new confidence and new skills to deliver eye-popping profit and project performance. Now ACEC Oklahoma has partnered with PSMJ to bring this breakthrough event to Tulsa, Williams Center Tower 1. You can read more about the bootcamp here.
Where: Williams Center Tower 1. One West 3rd St, First Floor St. Francis Room, Tulsa OK 74103
When: Feb 22-23

The early bird registration deadline is Dec 23 ($1,595 Member / $1,695 Non-Member)
The Final Registration deadline is January 20, 2023 ($1,695 Member / $1,795 Non-Member)

Space is limited! Please sign up quickly to ensure your spot. You will be invoiced upon signing up for the session
The Oklahoma Engineering Foundation Annual Campaign has begun. When you give to OEF you support the work of MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Engineering Fair and the Oklahoma Engineering College Scholarship. If you give $25 or more, you will receive an OEF sticker designed to affix to your car, laptop, or water bottle, etc. For more information visit
MATHCOUNTS Oklahoma needs proctors and graders for the upcoming Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS season. Competitions are scheduled throughout the state January 28, February 4, February 11, February 17, and February 25. The state competition is March 4. For more information visit
The Oklahoma Engineering Fair is scheduled for February 23. Sponsorships are available. Please contact Jennifer McCollum, Executive Director, for more information at (405) 528-1435 or
Our PAC Goal is in Reach!

With only a few weeks left in our fiscal year, we are $4,700 away from our federal PAC goal. Our national PAC was instrumental in helping us host Senators Lankford, Mullin and many others who support our industry. You can access and give to the pac here.
Mike Thompson
President & CEO
220 N.E. 28th Street, Suite 135
Oklahoma City, OK 73105