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Oklahoma House of Representatives
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Type Lower house of Oklahoma Legislature
Speaker of the House Chris Benge, R
since January 28, 2008
Speaker pro tempore Kris Steele, R
since January 6, 2009
Members 101
Political groups Republican Party: 62
Democratic Party: 39
Meeting place
Oklahoma State Capitol

The Oklahoma House of Representatives is the lower house and larger body of the two houses of the Oklahoma Legislature, the other being the Oklahoma Senate. Originally, each county in Oklahoma was represented in the House proportional to its population, but after a court case in the early 1960s, the state has been divided into 101 House districts of equal population. Representatives serve two-year terms and each House member represents approximately 35,000 constituents. The presiding officer of the House is known as the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The House meets in regular session in west wing of the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, from early February to the last Friday in May. Special sessions may be called by the Governor of Oklahoma, or by supermajority vote of the Legislature.




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In order to file for election to the House of Representatives, candidates must be twenty-one years of age at the time of their election. The candidate must also be a qualified elector in their respective counties or districts and shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their term of office. No person is eligible to serve as a member of the Legislature if they're an officer of the United States or State government. Also, any person who has been adjudged guilty of a felony is not eligible to election to the Legislature. If a member of the Legislature is expelled for corruption, they shall not be eligible to return to the Legislature.

No member of the legislature can serve more than 12 years in the Oklahoma State Legislature. Years in Legislative office need not be consecutive and years of service in both the Senate and the House of Representatives shall be added together and included in determining the total number of Legislative years in office. The years served by any member elected or appointed to serve less than a full Legislative term to fill a vacancy in office shall not be included in the 12-year limitation; but no member who has completed 12 years in office shall thereafter be eligible to serve a partial term.




Old Method

Representation in the House used to be determined by taking the total population of the state, according to the most recent Federal Decennial Census, and that number was divided by one hundred, with the quotient equaling one ratio. Counties having a population less than one full ratio were to be assigned one Representative; every county containing an entire ratio but less than two ratios was to be assigned two Representatives; every county containing a population of two entire ratios but less than three ratios was to be assigned three Representatives; and every county containing a population of three entire ratios but less than four ratios was to be assigned four Representatives. After the first four Representatives, a county was to qualify for additional representation on the basis of two whole ratios of population for each additional Representative.

New Method

After the Constitutionally mandated method was found to be unconstitutional, a new method was instituted. Now the House has the power to draw its own district lines. Under the holding of Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964) all districts must be apportioned within a five percent margin of the average target size district as determined by the U.S. Census population figures divided by the one hundred and one districts. This allows for some districts to be slightly smaller or larger than others. The House draws its own maps of its district lines, which are subject to the approval of both the Senate and the Governor. Should the redistricting not occur in the time limits prescribed by law, the lines are determined by a panel of five statewide elected officials.


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 57 44 101 0
Begin 61 40 101 0
July 15, 2009[1] 39 100 1
October 21, 2009[2] 62 101 0
Latest voting share 61.4% 38.6%


Majority Leadership

  • Speaker of the House: Chris Benge (R-Tulsa)
  • Speaker Pro Tempore: Kris Steele
  • Majority Floor Leader: Tad Jones (R-Claremore)
  • First Assistant Majority Floor Leader: Ron Peters (R-Tulsa)
  • Assistant Majority Floor Leaders: Lisa Billy (R-Purcell), George Faught (R-Muskogee), Dennis Johnson (R-Duncan), Charles Key (R-Oklahoma City), Todd Thomsen (R-Ada), Harold Wright (R-Weatherford)
  • Majority Whip: Mike Jackson
  • Deputy Majority Whips: Marian Cooksey (R-Edmond), Fred Jordan (R-Jenks), Steve Martin (R-Bartlesville), Randy McDaniel (R-Oklahoma City), Leslie Osborn (R-Tuttle), Mike Sanders (R-Kingfisher), Colby Schwartz (R-Yukon), Mike Thompson (R-Oklahoma City), Weldon Watson (R-Tulsa)
  • Majority Caucus Chairman: John Wright
  • Majority Caucus Vice Chairman: Lisa Billy
  • Majority Caucus Secretary: Ann Coody [3]

Democratic Leadership

  • Democratic Leader: Danny Morgan
  • Democratic Floor Leader: James Covey
  • Deputy Democratic Floor Leaders: David Braddock, Ben Sherrer, Dale Turner
  • Assistant Democratic Floor Leaders: Mike Brown, Wallace Collins, Joe Dorman, Rebecca Hamilton, Wes Hilliard, Jerry McPeak, Wade Rousselot, Jabar Shumate
  • Democratic Whip: Terry Harrison
  • Democratic Caucus Chairman: Kenneth Corn
  • Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman: Ryan Kiesel
  • Democratic Caucus Secretary: Cory T. Williams [4]


House Membership as of the 52nd Legislature: [5]

Name District Party City First elected
Dennis R. Bailey 1 Dem Broken Bow 2008
Glen Bud Smithson 2 Dem Sallisaw 2002
Neil Brannon 3 Dem Arkoma 2002
Mike Brown 4 Dem Tahlequah 2004
Doug Cox 5 Rep Grove 2004
Chuck Hoskin 6 Dem Vinita 2006
Larry Glenn 7 Dem Miami 2004
Ben Sherrer 8 Dem Pryor 2004
Tad Jones 9 Rep Claremore 1998
Steve Martin 10 Rep Bartlesville 2004
Earl Sears 11 Rep Bartlesville 2006
Wade Rousselot 12 Dem Okay 2004
Jerry McPeak 13 Dem Warner 2004
George Faught 14 Rep Muskogee 2006
Ed Cannaday 15 Dem Porum 2006
Jerry Shoemake 16 Dem Morris 2004
Brian Renegar 17 Dem McAlester 2006
Terry Harrison 18 Dem McAlester 2002
R. C. Pruett 19 Dem Antlers 2004
Paul D. Roan 20 Dem Tishomingo 2000
John Carey 21 Dem Durant 2002
Wes Hilliard 22 Dem Sulphur 2004
Sue Tibbs 23 Rep Tulsa 2000
Dale Turner 24 Dem Holdenville 1996
Todd Thomsen 25 Rep Ada 2006
Kris Steele 26 Rep Shawnee 2000
Shane Jett 27 Rep Tecumseh 2004
Ryan Kiesel 28 Dem Seminole 2004
Skye McNiel 29 Rep Bristow 2006
Mark McCullough 30 Rep Sapulpa 2006
Jason Murphey 31 Rep Guthrie 2006
Danny Morgan 32 Dem Prague 2002
Lee Denney 33 Rep Cushing 2004
Cory T. Williams 34 Dem Stillwater 2008
Rex Duncan 35 Rep Sand Springs 2004
Eddie Fields 36 Rep Wynona 2008
Ken Luttrell 37 Dem Ponca City 2006
Dale DeWitt 38 Rep Braman 2002
Marian Cooksey 39 Rep Edmond 2004
Mike Jackson 40 Rep Enid 2004
John Enns 41 Rep Waukomis 2006
Lisa J. Billy 42 Rep Purcell 2004
Colby Schwartz 43 Rep Yukon 2006
Bill Nations 44 Dem Norman 1998
Wallace Collins 45 Dem Norman 2002
Scott Martin 46 Rep Norman 2006
Leslie Osborn 47 Rep Mustang 2008
Pat Ownbey 48 Rep Ardmore 2008
Samson R. Buck 49 Dem Leon 2008
Dennis Johnson 50 Rep Kingfisher 2006
Corey Holland 51 Rep Marlow 2008
Charles Ortega 52 Rep Altus 2008
Randy Terrill 53 Rep Moore 2004
Paul Wesselhoft 54 Rep Moore 2006
Todd Russ 55 Rep Cordell 2009
Phil Richardson 56 Rep Minco 2004
Harold Wright 57 Rep Weatherford 2008
Jeffrey W. Hickman 58 Rep Dacoma 2004
Mike Sanders 59 Rep Kingfisher 2008
Purcy D. Walker 60 Dem Elk City 2000
Gus Blackwell 61 Rep Goodwell 2002
T. W. Shannon 62 Rep Lawton 2006
Don Armes 63 Rep Faxon 2002
Ann Coody 64 Rep Lawtwon 2004
Joe Dorman 65 Dem Rush Springs 2002
Lucky Lamons 66 Dem Tulsa 2002
Pam Peterson 67 Rep Tulsa 2004
Chris Benge 68 Rep Tulsa 1998
Fred Jordan 69 Rep Jenks 2006
Ron Peters 70 Rep Tulsa 2000
Daniel Sullivan 71 Rep Tulsa 2004
Seneca Scott 72 Dem Tulsa 2008
Jabar Shumate 73 Dem Tulsa 2004
David Derby 74 Rep Owasso 2006
Dan Kirby 75 Rep Tulsa 2008
John Wright 76 Rep Broken Arrow 1998
Eric Proctor 77 Dem Tulsa 2006
Jeannie McDaniel 78 Dem Tulsa 2004
Weldon Watson 79 Rep Tulsa 2006
Mike Ritze 80 Rep Tulsa 2008
Ken Miller 81 Rep Edmond 2004
Guy Liebmann 82 Rep Oklahoma City 2004
Randy McDaniel 83 Rep Oklahoma City 2006
Sally Kern 84 Rep Oklahoma City 2004
David Dank 85 Rep Oklahoma City 2006
John Auffet 86 Dem Stilwell 2004
Jason Nelson 87 Rep Oklahoma City 2008
Al McAffrey 88 Dem Oklahoma City 2006
Rebecca Hamilton 89 Dem Oklahoma City 2002
Charles Key 90 Rep Oklahoma City 2000
Mike Reynolds 91 Rep Oklahoma City 2002
Richard Morrissette 92 Dem Oklahoma City 2002
Mike Christian 93 Rep Oklahoma City 2008
Scott Inman 94 Dem Oklahoma City 2006
Charlie Joyner 95 Rep Midwest City 2006
Lewis H. Moore 96 Rep Edmond 2008
Mike Shelton 97 Dem Oklahoma City 2004
John Trebilcock 98 Rep Tulsa 2002
Anastasia Pittman 99 Dem Oklahoma City 2006
Mike Thompson 100 Rep Oklahoma City 2004
Gary Banz 101 Rep Midwest City 2004


On Dec. 4, 2008, Speaker of the House Chris Benge announced the following 18 standing committees and seven budget subcommittees: [6]

  • Administrative Rules and Agency Oversight - Rep. John Wright (R-Broken Arrow), Chair; and Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee), Vice Chair
  • Agriculture and Rural Development - Rep. Don Armes (R-Faxon), Chair; Rep. John Enns (R-Enid), Vice Chair
  • Common Education - Rep. Ann Coody (R-Lawton), Chair; Rep. Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City), Vice Chair
  • Business and Economic Development - Daniel Sullivan (R-Tulsa), Chair; and Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-Edmond), Vice Chair
  • Energy and Utility Regulation - Rep. Mike Thompson (R-Oklahoma City), Chair; and Rep. Weldon Watson (R-Tulsa), Vice Chair
  • General Government - Rep. Lisa Billy (R-Purcell), Chair; and Rep. Dennis Johnson (R-Duncan), Vice Chair
  • Government Modernization - Rep. Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie), Chair; and Rep. David Derby (R-Owasso), Vice Chair
  • Higher Education and Career Tech - Rep. Todd Thomsen (R-Ada), Chair; and Rep. Bill Nations (D-Norman), Vice Chair
  • Human Services - Rep. Pam Peterson (R-Tulsa), Chair; and Rep. Wade Rousselot (D-Wagoner), Vice Chair
  • International Relations and Tourism - Rep. Shane Jett (R-Tecumseh), Chair; and Rep. Purcy Walker (D-Elk City), Vice Chair
  • Judiciary - Rep. Rex Duncan (R-Sand Springs), Chair; and Rep. Fred Jordan (R-Jenks), Vice Chair
  • Public Health - Rep. John Trebilcock (R-Broken Arrow), Chair; and Rep. David Derby (R-Owasso), Vice Chair
  • Public Safety and Homeland Security - Rep. Sue Tibbs (R-Tulsa), Chair; and Rep. Steve Martin (R-Bartlesville), Vice Chair
  • Rules - Rep. Gus Blackwell (R-Goodwell), Chair; and Rep. Mike Jackson (R-Enid), Vice Chair
  • Transportation - Rep. T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton), Chair; and Rep. Charlie Joyner (R-Midwest City), Vice Chair
  • Veterans and Military Affairs - Rep. Gary Banz (R-Midwest City), Chair; and Rep. John Carey (D-Durant), Vice Chair
  • Wildlife - Rep. Phil Richardson (R-Minco), Chair; and Rep. R.C. Pruett (D-Durant), Vice Chair
  • Appropriations and Budget - Rep. Ken Miller (R-Edmond), Chair; and Rep. Scott Martin (R-Norman), Vice Chair
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Education - Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing), Chair; and Rep. Earl Sears (R-Bartlesville), Vice Chair
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation - Rep. Guy Liebmann (R-Oklahoma City), Chair; and Rep. Colby Schwartz (R-Yukon), Vice Chair
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Health and Social Services - Rep. Doug Cox (R-Grove), Chair; and Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore), Vice Chair
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services - Rep. Ron Peters (R-Tulsa), Chair; and Rep. Marian Cooksey (R-Edmond), Vice Chair
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary and Public Safety - Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore), Chair; and Rep. Mark McCullough (R-Sapulpa), Vice Chair
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory - Rep. Dale DeWitt (R-Braman), Chair; and Rep. Skye McNiel (R-Bristow), Vice Chair
    • Appropriations Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation - Rep. Jeff Hickman (R-Dacoma), Chair; and Rep. Neil Brannon (D-Arkoma), Vice Chair


  1. ^ Democrat Ryan McMullen (District 55) resigned to become the State Director of USDA Rural Development
  2. ^ Republican Todd Russ sworn in to succeed McMullen
  3. ^ Oklahoma House Majority Leadership. Retrieved on May 8, 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/HouseOrgMinority.aspx
  5. ^ Oklahoma House Membership. Retrieved on July 27, 2009.
  6. ^ Standing Committees and Subcommittees, Oklahoma House of Representatives. Retrieved on May 7, 2009.

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Simple English

Oklahoma House of Representatives
Type Lower house of Oklahoma Legislature
Speaker of the House Chris Benge, R
since January 28, 2008
Speaker pro tempore Gus Blackwell, R
since January 2, 2007
Members 101
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last elections November 7, 2006
Meeting place Oklahoma State Capitol
Web site http://www.okhouse.gov/

The Oklahoma House of Representatives is the lower house and larger body of the two houses of the Oklahoma Legislature, the other being the Oklahoma Senate.


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