Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Legislative Leaders to Be Installed Jan. 8

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Legislative Leaders to Be Installed Jan. 8

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New leaders of the Oklahoma Legislature are scheduled to be elected and installed Jan. 8, legislative staff members said Monday.

Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at noon in both the House of Representatives and Senate chambers, followed by a 2 p.m. joint session when the lawmakers will hear a farewell address by Gov. Henry Bellmon, whose term ends Jan. 14.

The 101-member House will formally elect Rep. Glen D. Johnson, D-Okemah, as speaker and Rep. Jim Glover, D-Elgin, as speaker pro tempore.

During a post-election caucus Nov. 8, House Democrats unanimously nominated Johnson to be the next speaker and Glover to serve a second term as speaker pro tempore. Democrats outnumber Republicans two-to-one, 69-32, in the Oklahoma House.

In the Senate, the 48 members will formally elect Sen. Robert Cullison, D-Skiatook, to his second full term as president pro tempore. Like the House, Senate Democrats gave Cullison the nod at a November caucus. There are 37 Democratic senators and 11 Republican senators.

Also chosen at the November caucus was Majority Floor Leader Darryl Roberts, D-Ardmore, but this is a party office and does not require election by the full Senate.

In the House, Johnson and Glover will receive the oath of office from Oklahoma Chief Justice Marian Opala, and afterward Johnson will deliver an acceptance speech.

Invitations to the event were extended to former Speakers Steve Lewis, Jim Barker, Dan Draper, Bill Willis and Rex Privett; to former Congressman Carl Albert, who was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1970s; to former Govs. George Nigh and Raymond Gary; and to Gov.-elect David Walters.

House members will present Lewis with his House chamber chair and an engraved plaque in recognition of his 18 months' service as the immediate past speaker.

Also during the noon meetings the House and Senate will officially certify and seat their members, and officers for both the majority and minority parties will be introduced. …

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