Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele Names House Committee Members

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Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele has announced committee assignments for the House of Representatives' 18 standing committees and six appropriations subcommittees. House members will hold their seats for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.

House leaders, Steele said, have the opportunity to work with an excellent group of lawmakers.

"Although Oklahoma faces significant challenges this year, I am confident the members of the House are more than up to the task," said Steele, R-Shawnee. "I appreciate each member's willingness to serve and, after careful consideration, believe we have matched members to committees in a way that will best utilize each legislator's gifts and talents."

The committees include the following.

Appropriations and Budget: Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, chairman; Scott Martin, R-Norman, vice chairman; Don Armes, R-Faxon; Lisa Billy, R-Purcell; Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell; Doug Cox, R-Grove; David Dank, R-Oklahoma City; Lee Denney, R-Cushing; Dale DeWitt, R- Braman; Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City; Ron Peters, R-Tulsa; Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa; Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah; Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs; Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita; Jerry McPeak, D-Warner; and Purcy Walker, D-Elk City.

Human Services: Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, chairwoman; Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, vice chairman; Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City; Skye McNiel, R-Bristow; Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie; Jason Nelson, R- Oklahoma City; Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs; Ron Peters, R-Tulsa; Harold Wright, R-Weatherford; Donnie Condit, D-McAlester; Wade Rousselot, D-Okay; Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa; and Ben Sherrer, D-Pryor.

Government Modernization: Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, chairman; Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur, vice chairman; David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow; Josh Cockroft, R-McLoud; David Derby, R-Owasso; Mark McCullough, R- Sapulpa; Lewis Moore, R-Edmond; Aaron Stiles, R-Norman; Randy Terrill, R-Moore; John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow; Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City; Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa; and Purcy Walker, D-Elk City.

Higher Education and CareerTech: Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, chairman; Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, vice chairman; Dennis Casey, R-Morrison; Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond; Lee Denney, R-Cushing; Elise Hall, R- Oklahoma City; Scott Martin, R-Norman; Lewis Moore, R-Edmond; Tom Newell, R-Seminole; Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City; Phil Richardson, R-Minco; T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton; Randy Terrill, R-Moore; Harold Wright, R-Weatherford; Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City; Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City; Emily Virgin, D-Norman; and Cory Williams, D-Stillwater.

General Government: Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, chairman; Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, vice chairman; Lisa Billy, R-Purcell; Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City; Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City; Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City; Scott Martin, R-Norman; Steve Martin, R- Bartlesville; Dustin Roberts, R-Durant; Randy Terrill, R-Moore; Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa; Donnie Condit, D-McAlester; Larry Glenn, D-Miami; Wade Rousselot, D-Okay; and Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris.

Energy and Utility Regulation: John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow, chairman; Mike Jackson, R-Enid, vice chairman; Don Armes, R-Faxon; David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow; Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond; Lee Denney, R-Cushing; Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan; Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa; Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville; Skye McNiel, R-Bristow; Charles Ortega, R-Altus; Ron Peters, R-Tulsa; Marty Quinn, R-Claremore; Todd Russ, R-Cordell; Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher; Colby Schwartz, R- Yukon; T. W. Shannon, R-Lawton; Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa; Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore; Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur; Scott Inman, D-Del City; Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs; Jerry McPeak, D-Warner; Danny Morgan, D-Prague; Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa; Wade Rousselot, D-Okay; Ben Sherrer, D-Pryor.

Public Health: John Enns, R-Enid, chairman; David Derby, R- Owasso, vice chairman; Doug Cox, R-Grove; Randy Grau, R-Edmond; Corey Holland, R-Marlow; Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs; Ron Peters, R-Tulsa; Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow; Sean Roberts, R-Hominy; Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon; Ed Cannaday, D-Porum; Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur; Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City; and Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa. …