Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Johnson Endorsed as House Speaker

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Johnson Endorsed as House Speaker

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Johnson Endorsed as House Speaker State House Democrats caucused Tuesday and endorsed state Rep. Glen D. Johnson of Okemah to succeed state House Speaker Steve Lewis, who is running for governor.

Johnson is expected to be nominated formally at a Democratic caucus on Nov. 8, two days after the general election.

His election would be by the full House, which will meet again in regular session in February. But the Democratic nomination is considered tantamount to election, since Democrats usually have about a two-thirds majority of the 101-member House.

Lewis and Johnson held a news conference to announce the caucus decision. They said the vote was unanimous.

Lewis, D-Shawnee, is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. He said he called the caucus so members could begin an orderly transition to the next speaker's reign.

Lewis became the top House leader in May 1989 after House members ousted Speaker Jim Barker, D-Muskogee.

Johnson, 36, is former chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee and has been majority floor leader under Lewis. He has been in the House eight years.

Chickasaw Tribe to Manufacture Tools ADA - The Chickasaw Nation is entering a joint venture with a Texas company to manufacture hand tools, tribal leaders announced.

The new business, to be located in Ada, will be called the Chickasaw Tool Co. and will be a joint venture between the tribe and O-Ratchet Inc. of Denton, Texas.

The Chickasaw Nation will be the principal shareholder, according to a news release.

The company will manufacture hand tools, starting with a new variation of the socket wrench for removing nuts from within confined areas.

The company already has an agreement to sell 10,000 of the wrenches to Sears Roebuck and Co. for test-marketing, tribal leaders said.

The business will begin operations in the near future with an initial workforce of 14 to 25 employees. But tribal leaders said the new company could employ up to 125 people within two to three years.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said this is the first time the tribe has undertaken such a joint venture. …

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