Legislature Preview: New speaker hopes to capitalize on diversity of Republican caucus

BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Monday, February 04, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The man selected to lead the rambunctious House Republican caucus is the son of a retired social worker and retired educator.

While his counterpart in the House, Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, describes the House GOP caucus as deeply divided with fringe elements, House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, disagrees.

Oklahoma’s 54th Legislature will convene Monday and must complete its session by no later than 5 p.m. May 31. Inman offered to use his members to work with Shannon to create a coalition to “get beyond the fringe element.”

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