President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate

President Pro Tempore Of The Oklahoma Senate

President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate

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The President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate is the second-highest-ranking official of the Oklahoma Senate and the highest-ranking State Senator. The Oklahoma Constitution states the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma serves ex officio as President of the Senate, and is the highest-ranking official of the Senate even though he or she only votes in the case of a tie. During the Lieutenant Governor's absence from the Senate, the President pro tempore presides over its sessions. Since the Lieutenant Governor hasn't regularly presided since the 1960s, the management and political power falls to the President pro tempore.

The President pro tempore is popularly elected by the Senators, unlike the custom of the United States Senate where the most senior Senator in the majority party serves as President pro tempore. The Oklahoma Senate has rarely had the most senior senator serve as President pro tempore. The office of President pro tempore was created in 1907 by Oklahoma Constitution and the President pro tempore is selected by the Senate. While not a Constitutional requirement, every President pro tempore has been a member of the majority party.

The President pro tempore is second in line of succession to the Governorship of Oklahoma, behind the Lieutenant Governor. The President’s counterpart in the Oklahoma House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House.

History

Democratic control (1907-2007)

Following the statehood of Oklahoma in 1907, the first President pro......
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