The Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA) honored Rep. Daniel Pae (House District 62) as its 2019 Freshman Legislator of the Year for his work on state employee and retiree issues. The association selected Rep. Pae, who is Vice Chairman of the House Government Efficiency Committee, because of his work in advancing legislation to improve state employment and his support of state employees in the Lawton area. The presentation was made August 23rd during OPEA’s annual convention at The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park.
“It is a pleasure to work with Rep. Pae,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “In his two years serving his district, his door is always open and he makes time to meet with active and retired state employees.”
“I’m honored to receive the 2019 Freshman Legislator of the Year Award from the Oklahoma Public Employees Association,” Rep. Pae said. ” During this past session, I’ve consistently advocated for state employees, retirees and state services. This includes passing out of the House, a long-overdue cost-of-living adjustment for retired state employees who have contributed significantly to Oklahoma.”
“While serving in the legislature, I’ve enjoyed meeting numerous, incredible retired state employees in House District 62. I hope the legislature will be able to cross the finish line and approve a raise for retirees next session,” Pae said.
OPEA is Oklahoma’s largest organization advocating for state employees and retirees and its members work to support state agency employment and state agency services. It was established in 1975 and has approximately 8,000 members across the state.