OKLAHOMA CITY – House Majority Leader Mike Sanders commented on today’s announcement that Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley is retiring.
“I would like to commend Secretary Ridley on his retirement,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “This will be a loss to Department of Transportation. Secretary Ridley is a true statesman, really the epitome of the Oklahoma standard. He’s been willing to cross party lines in order to get things done, and has always been willing to work on what is best for Oklahoma. Even when that meant giving up funding in tight years to ensure other core government services were adequately funded, he still ensured the 8-year roads and bridges construction plan always stayed on track. He will be missed.”
Sanders served for four years as the chair of the House Appropriations & Budget Transportation Subcommittee while Ridley served as Transportation Secretary. He said Ridley has been a mentor over the course of his career. He and his wife, Eula, are personal family friends.
“My wife Nellie and I send them all the best in this new phase of life.”