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Oklahoma House Elects Hickman As Speaker Of The House

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives has formally elected 40-year-old state Rep. Jeff Hickman of Fairview as the next speaker of the House. The Oklahoma House of Representatives has formally elected 40-year-old state Rep. Jeff Hickman of Fairview as the next speaker of the House.
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The Oklahoma House of Representatives has formally elected 40-year-old state Rep. Jeff Hickman of Fairview as the next speaker of the House, one of the most powerful positions in state government.

The House voted 69-29 along party lines Monday to select Hickman over Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Del City. Hickman was sworn in with his wife and young son at his side.

The Republican caucus met behind closed doors earlier in the day and cast secret ballots to pick Hickman over Rep. Mike Jackson of Enid.

Hickman said he considers Jackson a friend and that he expects a smooth transition to the speaker's post.

The position was vacated last week when Rep. T.W. Shannon stepped down to focus on his U.S. Senate race.

2/4/2014 Related Story: Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon Steps Down From Top Post

"Jeff Hickman is a dedicated leader who has earned the respect of his colleagues," said Fallin. "I am confident he will be an effective and hardworking speaker of the House. I look forward to working with him in his new role as we continue to pursue commonsense conservative policies that will help create jobs and eliminate government waste," said Gov. Mary Fallin in a statement.

Hickman previously served as speaker pro tem, the No. 2 spot in the House, and lost the speaker's race against Shannon by a razor-thin margin.

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