Speaker Announces Committee Leadership

The Oklahoma House of Representatives announced the committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session on Tuesday. According to OPEA, the committee assignments are critical in advancing a pro-state employee agenda.

“The Association’s legislative agenda is dependent upon the committee chairs hearing our legislation,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “We face significant challenges with the budget, preserving jobs and benefits as we move into the next session and to have committee chairs who will listen to OPEA is vitally important.”

OPEA is encouraging local members, chapters and regions to reach out to these committee chairs if they are in your area to make sure they know the needs of state employees as well as OPEA’s legislative goals.

“Don’t wait on the session to start,” said Zearley. “Make contact with these members now and congratulate them on their leadership position. Also take the opportunity to let them know OPEA is represented in their area through hard-working state employees. State employees, who are still on the job in spite of the budget crisis, providing critical state services in their districts.”
Appropriations & Budget
Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, Chair
Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, Vice-Chair

Human Services
Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, Chair
Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, Vice-Chair

Government Modernization, Transparency & Accountability
Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, Chair
Rep. Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur, Vice-Chair

Higher Education & Career Tech
Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, Chair
Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, Vice-Chair
General Government
Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, Chair
Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair

Energy & Utility Regulation
Rep. John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow, Chair
Rep. Mike Jackson, R-Enid, Vice-Chair
Public Health
Rep. John Enns, R-Enid, Chair
Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, Vice-Chair

Administrative Rules and Agency Oversight
Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, Chair
Rep. Purcy Walker, D-Elk City, Vice-Chair

Veterans & Military Affairs
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, Chair
Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Edmond, Vice-Chair
Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Jenks, Chair
Rep. Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon, Vice-Chair

Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, Chair
Rep. Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City, Vice-Chair

Public Safety
Rep. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, Chair
Rep. Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville, Vice-Chair

Agriculture, Wildlife & Environment
Rep. Phil Richardson, R-Minco, Chair
Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, Vice-Chair

Common Education
Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, Chair
Rep. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, Vice-Chair

Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, Chair
Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa, Vice-Chair

Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, Vice-Chair

Economic Development, Tourism & Financial Services
Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond, Chair
Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, Vice-Chair

Long-term Care & Senior Services
Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. R.C. Pruett, D-Antlers, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Revenue & Taxation
Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, Chair
Rep. Corey Holland, R-Marlow, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Transportation
Rep. Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City, Chair
Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Health & Social Services
Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, Chair
Rep. Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services
Rep. Ron Peters, R-Tulsa, Chair
Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources & Regulatory Services
Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, Chair
Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety
Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Purcell, Chair
Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, Vice-Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary
Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell, Chair
Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, Vice-Chair

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