House Speaker Shannon announces candidacy for open U.S. Senate seat

BY JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Modified: January 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm •  Published: January 30, 2014

Shannon praised Bridenstine's support for his Senate bid and said he and Bridenstine had been in talks about the race in recent weeks.

“He's a good guy who has stood up and been a leader in the House, and certainly him opening the door for me to seek even more support has been helpful to the campaign,” Shannon said.

In a 10-minute speech, Shannon outlined what he thinks has been going wrong in Washington: businesses that must overcome a “maze of federal rules and regulations,” the Affordable Care Act, which he said forces people to buy health insurance they “may not want,” and wasteful spending.

Shannon said Oklahomans needed to elect “someone who will go to Washington like Dr. Tom Coburn first did and say ‘no' to the spending and the debt that is bankrupting this country.”

A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Shannon, 35, was the first black and the youngest speaker of the Oklahoma House when he was elected last year.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus last year called Shannon a “rising star” within the GOP, and Shannon has participated in several RNC-sponsored events across the United States.

“We can either work to save this country together or we can continue going down the same path with more debt and economic ruin,” Shannon said.