Democratic members of the state Senate have chosen Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, to succeed Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore, as the Senate minority leader.
Burrage announced earlier this year he does not plan to seek re-election at the end of the current legislative session. Sparks will officially take over after the 2014 session, which ends in May.
“Although I am sad that this position became open due to Senator Burrage’s departure from the Senate, I am ready and willing to step forward and lead our caucus,” said Sparks in a news release.
Burrage said he has confidence in his replacement, and he looks forward to working with Sparks as he transitions out of the Senate.
In leaving the Senate, Burrage will be joined by another vocal Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Tom Ivester, D-Elk City, who also announced this year he will not seek re-election.
Sparks, an attorney and graduate of both Harvard and the University of Oklahoma, has served in the Senate since 2006.