Continental CEO to head Pruitt's re-election bid
Harold Hamm, chief executive officer of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc., will serve as chairman of state Attorney General Scott Pruitt's re-election campaign, it was announced Monday. Pruitt, a Republican elected to the post in 2010, kicked off his re-election bid by announcing that Hamm will head up his campaign. Hamm in 2012 served as chairman of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's energy policy advisory group. In May 2012, Hamm held a Romney fundraiser at his house, which attracted about 750 people who contributed about $2 million. Hamm, who was born in Lexington, said he agreed to head up Pruitt's campaign because the attorney general “has stood up and bravely fought for the rights of Oklahomans in those instances when the federal government has overextended its hand.”
State representative named to committee
House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, has selected Rep. Seneca Scott to serve on the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Standing Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The committee is one of eight maintained by the bipartisan national legislative group, which tells Congress and federal agencies about state concerns. The committee's focus is energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation and policies. Scott, D-Tulsa, also was named recently by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to serve on the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Change. He also serves as secretary of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators and as secretary of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Native American Caucus.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU