OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders today announced he is on four standing committees for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for the 56th Legislature, which convenes its first legislative session Feb. 6.
Sanders was selected by House leadership to serve on the Agriculture & Rural Development, Appropriations & Budget, Energy & Natural Resources, and Utilities Committees.
“Being from a rural district where rural electric and phone cooperatives as well as energy and agriculture play a very significant role in shaping the economy, I’m pleased very much to serve on these committees,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “At the same time, I’m glad to have a spot on the full Appropriations & Budget Committee. Shaping the budget for all Oklahoma state agencies is the primary focus of state government. Making sure we balance the financial needs of transportation, education, health care, public safety and all of the other myriad core services of government is paramount to everything else we do at the Capitol. I’m honored to have this seat at the table.”
In addition to his roles on these four committees, Sanders has been selected to serve as House majority leader for the 56th Legislature. This is an all-inclusive role that helps guide policy, communicate caucus initiatives to the public and steer the House agenda.
Sanders said a large part of his role will be to meet with House leadership to help determine policy behind major pieces of legislation this year and then to communicate that policy to the remainder of the House and the public. Examples of legislation likely to be considered this year are the passage of the REAL ID Act, which will bring Oklahoma Driver’s licenses into compliance with federal law; judicial and corrections reform; teacher pay raises; and examination of all state incentives, to name a few.
“I want to praise the leadership and vision of Speaker Charles McCall in putting together his leadership team and in the makeup of these committees,” said Sanders. “His vision for our state will return us to prosperity while protecting the conservative values we all cherish.”
Sanders served as chair of the House Subcommittee on Transportation the past four years and previously served as a deputy majority whip. He also worked as House Political Action Committeechairman under three previous speakers of the House. He has been a part of House leadership each of the eight years he has been a representative.
In addition to transportation, Sanders’ prior committee work includes serving as vice-chair of the Human Services Committee, focusing on reforming the Department of Human Services, and as a member of the Agriculture & Rural Development, Appropriations & Budget, Energy & Natural Resources and Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget committees.