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Thompsen accepts leadership position from new speaker
[December 04, 2012]

Thompsen accepts leadership position from new speaker

Dec 04, 2012 (Ada Evening News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- OKLAHOMA CITY -- Incoming Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon announced the first round of appointments to powerful leadership posts Monday, and it includes Ada's state House Rep. Todd Thompsen. Shannon aides said the new speaker was tapping a diverse cross-section of the majority Republican caucus.

"I have worked with these members for years as I served in the Legislature, and now it is my honor to serve with them as leaders of this great body," said Speaker-elect Shannon, R-Lawton. "Each of them brings different talents, experiences and perspectives to our leadership team, and they will serve our colleagues well in their new positions." To serve as the next majority whip, Shannon chose Thomsen. Thomsen serves as a coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"This is a very humbling opportunity for me, and I am honored that our speaker-elect would ask me to serve in this capacity," said Thomsen. "I am very thankful to be able to serve my colleagues and my constituents in this leadership role, and I will do will do my best to earn their trust." The majority whip is a member of the party in power, in Oklahoma's case Republican. His role is to help his or her party's members maintain their focus on the mission at hand and to count the votes. In other words, the majority whip is responsible for helping members of his party whip up the votes and vote for the party's policies.

Shannon chose Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, as Majority Leaders to help lead the House. Each will bring a unique perspective and experience to the job. Jordan, an attorney and businessman from Tulsa, and Johnson, a small-business owner from Duncan, both bring separate talents that will help steer the House agenda both within the House of Representatives and with other branches of government.

Jordan expressed his eagerness to serve as majority leader.

"I'm honored to be serving at such a critical time in Oklahoma's history," said Jordan. "There are many important issues before us, and it will take a lot of hard work and unity for us to come up with solutions. I look forward to being a part of that process, and I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by Speaker-elect Shannon." "The House majority party is a diverse group of talented, experienced people who have lots of energy," said Johnson. "All of us will be working hard to push our specific bills through the legislative process." ___ (c)2012 the Ada Evening News (Ada, Okla.) Visit the Ada Evening News (Ada, Okla.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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