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Republicans select speaker designate

By Michael McNutt Published: November 10, 2006
State House Republicans met Thursday and elected Rep. Lance Cargill as their choice to be House speaker of the 51st legislative session.

The House Republican caucus in June elected Cargill, R-Harrah, as speaker designate. Thursday's closed-door caucus meeting at the state Capitol was for Republicans to select the speaker designate and two other positions. House members will be sworn into office Nov. 16.

The 101 House members will elect a speaker in January. With Republicans maintaining control of the House after Tuesday's election, it makes Cargill's selection in January a formality.

Voters this week returned a Republican majority to power in the House for the first time in state history. Before the last session, the only other time Republicans were a majority in the House occurred in 1921-22; Republicans lost control of the House in the subsequent elections.

Cargill will succeed Todd Hiett, who could not seek re-election because of term limits and lost the lieutenant governor's race to Democrat Jari Askins, who also was term limited.

All 56 Republican House members attended Thursday's meeting. House Republicans lost one seat in Tuesday's election. Republican Todd Thomsen, who lost by two votes, is seeking a recount in Ada-based House District 25.

House Republicans also elected Rep.

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