Two state sentators named to national Homeland Security council

Wednesday, July 16th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- State Senators Angela Monson from Oklahoma City and Jim Dunlap from Bartlesville have been selected to advise the Homeland Security Council on how to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge made the selections.

Oklahoma is the only state to have two appointees to the 13-member panel.

Monson says she'd worked with Ridge on homeland security issues in her role as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

She says it's crucial that the concerns and ideas of local and state governments be taken into consideration as officials try to determine how to strengthen national security.

Dunlap recently completed a term as chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council and has taken part in several White House briefings on homeland security.

He says Oklahomans have a unique perspective on terrorism and emergency preparedness.