Oklahoma’s House speaker to help national GOP

By Michael McNutt | Published: May 14, 2013

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, the only black Republican speaker in the country, will appear at fundraisers and other events on behalf of the Republican National Committee, which is reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with a changing racial and ethnic makeup in America.

“Your speaker here is a rising star of our entire country,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, during an appearance with Shannon, R-Lawton, at the state Capitol.

“He’s somebody that we see as a party as being a person we’d love to build a party around and help him. But more importantly I think he can really help us as well.”

Priebus said Monday that Shannon will appear at a couple fundraiser events with former Vice President Dick Cheney later this month in Texas.

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