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T.W. Shannon makes announcement on his Oklahoma House leadership position

Rep. T.W. Shannon held a news conference to announce he will resign as speaker of the House in order to pursue Tom Coburn's U.S. Senate seat.
by Randy Ellis Modified: February 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014

Shannon used his speaker resignation speech to tout his conservative politics and accomplishments as speaker.

“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.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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