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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.