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Several Oklahomans weigh Corporation Commission race

With Oklahoma state Corporation Commission Chairwoman Patrice Douglas running for Congress, several politicians could be in the running to replace her on the three-person commission, which regulates industries from oil and gas to utilities and tow trucks.
by Paul Monies Modified: January 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014

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Sen. Rob Johnson, R-Yukon, is not running for re-election in the senate. Johnson ran in the Republican primary for corporation commissioner in 2008 but narrowly lost to now-Commissioner Dana Murphy.

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, issued a statement Tuesday saying he may consider the race but remains focused on the upcoming legislative session, which starts Feb. 3.

“I am honored to be mentioned and, as with all opportunities, will consider this carefully with my family,” Bingman said in a statement. “But, my focus remains on the upcoming legislative session and the Senate Republican caucus.”

Former Corporation Commission administrator Brooks Mitchell, who ran against longtime Commissioner Bob Anthony in the Republican primary in 2012, said Tuesday he does not plan to seek the post. Mitchell is finance director for the city of Lawton.

No Democrats filed for the last elections for Corporation Commission in 2012, when Douglas ran unopposed and Anthony secured his fifth term.

Filing period

Filing for the position is from April 9-11. Primaries will be June 24, with any runoffs Aug. 26. The general election is Nov. 4.

Corporation commissioners earn an annual salary of $121,596. Their salaries are tied to the pay of associate district judges in counties of more than 30,000 people. Corporation commissioner salaries could rise to $128,479 in July if the Legislature approves the latest recommendation from the Board of Judicial Compensation. Raises would not be applied to commissioners already in office until they win a new term.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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