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New Year, New Oklahoma Leadership
With the start of the new year comes new Oklahoma leadership for a number of key government positions. On Thursday, the first Democratic congresswoman in Oklahoma history—Rep. Kendra Horn—was sworn into office. Now for the first time in more than 40 years, a Democrat will represent most of Oklahoma City in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It was an honor to take the oath of office and officially begin serving the people of Oklahoma by working to lower the cost of health care and improving access to education,” said Horn.

Meanwhile, Governor-elect Kevin Stitt continues to build his team, naming two important roles this week: Regent Bank Chairman and CEO Sean Kouplen as Commerce Secretary and Enid Regional Development Alliance Executive Director Brent Kisling as Executive Director of the Department of Commerce.

“Sean Kouplen is a proven business leader and entrepreneur, full of vision, energy and passion for seeing our state thrive and achieve Top Ten status. His reputation and network, both in the state and nationwide, will help propel Oklahoma forward to achieve a robust recruitment agenda,” said Stitt. “Brent Kisling will provide a dynamic partnership with Kouplen, bringing a successful record of developing rural economies, crafting and executing major infrastructure projects and recruiting new job creators to our state,” Stitt continued. “With their leadership, the Department of Commerce will play an integral role in Oklahoma’s Turnaround as the agency’s mission will focus on growing our state and diversify Oklahoma’s economy.”

In other leadership news, President Trump’s appointment of University of Oklahoma meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier as his top science advisor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

Contact: Mike Jackson
Registration Open for Legislative Reception
As we prepare to kick off the 2019 legislative session, join us for this premier reception offering high-level networking opportunities with Oklahoma legislators, state officials and business leaders.

Date:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Location:
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Schedule:
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Board of Directors Meeting & VIP Reception
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.    Legislative Reception
                     Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres will be served
Pricing:
Member - $100        Non-Member - $150

For questions, contact the Events Department at 405-272-4430 or  lsparks@okstatechamber.com
In Remembrance: Former State Chamber President & CEO Dick Rush
We are sad to announce the passing of the State Chamber of Oklahoma’s previous President & CEO Richard P. “Dick” Rush. Rush served as President & CEO of the State Chamber from 1986 to 2010 and passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 73.

A war veteran, Dick was devoted to our nation and to our state. He was instrumental in Oklahoma developing an international trade relationship with China and was at the helm of the State Chamber of Oklahoma when our 15-year fight for Right-to-Work passed in 2001.

A committed chamber leader, Dick received numerous awards as one of the nation’s most effective State Chamber presidents, including the U.S. Chamber’s Legislative Achievement award in 2009. He worked tirelessly to support the Oklahoma business community and to advance Oklahoma’s economy.

We are grateful for his life and his legacy. 
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