I was asked recently to give some thoughts on how Republicans became the overwhelming majority in the Oklahoma state Legislature over the last 16 years and to speak about the value of being in that position.
This shift really started in Oklahoma in 1994 with the election of former Gov. Frank Keating. He was the first Republican governor in our state to be elected to back-to-back terms. It then took 10 more years for Republicans to secure the majority in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and another four years to shift the state Senate, making all branches of state government Republicanled for the first time in our state’s history.
So, what brought this change?
Oklahomans had a front-row seat for years to policies that left them high and dry when it came to freedom over how to spend their personal income.
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