Former state House Speaker Todd Hiett intends to run for an open seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
The Republican dairy farmer from Kellyville announced Thursday he would seek the seat being vacated by Patrice Douglas, who is running for Congress.
Hiett will join Sen. Cliff Branan, the chairman of the Senate’s energy committee, in the race to replace Douglas.
Hiett was the first Republican speaker of the House in recent history after the GOP took control of the chamber in 2004. After he was forced out because of term limits, Hiett ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2006.
Hiett said he has become increasingly alarmed at federal regulations, which he contends are stifling business from creating more jobs.
The corporation commission regulates the oil and natural gas industry, public utilities and the storage of petroleum-based fuels.
Commissioners earn an annual salary of $121,596.