New Oklahoma senators take oath of office

The Oklahoma City area's two new senators are Republicans David Holt and Ralph Shortey.
BY JOHN ESTUS Modified: November 17, 2010 at 12:30 am •  Published: November 17, 2010

His networking appeared to have already paid off Tuesday when Senate Republicans selected Holt to a leadership position as vice chairman of their caucus.

Oklahoma City's other new senator, Ralph Shortey, moved with his family to Oklahoma City when he was 6 years old.

“Who would've thought 22 years later I would be not one of the rulers, but definitely one of the leaders in the state?” Shortey said.

Shortey said he'll focus on fighting illegal immigration because it is the top issue for residents in Senate District 44.

“Arizona style-illegal immigration (legislation) is definitely the big one,” Shortey said.

Shortey said he supports and “will be involved” with legislation to make Oklahoma's immigration laws tougher than those in Arizona.

Reps. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, have said they plan to file immigration legislation next session that would make Oklahoma's immigration laws tougher than Arizona's.

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-Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro

-Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate

-Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona

-Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer

-Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner

-Sen. Rob Johnson, R-Kingfisher

-Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City

-Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso

-Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City

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