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.
â€œWho would've thought 22 years later I would be not one of the rulers, but definitely one of the leaders in the state?â€ Shortey said.
Shortey said he'll focus on fighting illegal immigration because it is the top issue for residents in Senate District 44.
â€œArizona style-illegal immigration (legislation) is definitely the big one,â€ Shortey said.
Shortey said he supports and â€œwill be involvedâ€ 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.