“I've always said that being conservative simply means just doing the things that your grandmother taught you to do,” he said. “My very first session, we had the honor to vote for the largest tax cut in state history. The very next session, we supported another tax cut.”
Shannon listed passage of workers' compensation reform and his “100 percent anti-abortion voting record” among his major achievements.
Shannon's speech, which lasted several minutes, sounded too much like a political stump speech to suit state Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City.
Calling Shannon's remarks a “thinly veiled campaign speech,” Reynolds questioned from the House floor whether the speech was appropriate under House rules, and later scheduled a news conference to elaborate on his objections.
Shannon, 35, was first elected to the House in 2006 and served one year as speaker. He was the state's first black speaker.