State House Speaker-Elect Names New Floor Leader, Other Leadership Posts

Wednesday, November 15th 2006, 12:09 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- State House Speaker-elect Lance Cargill Wednesday filled the House's top leadership posts for the coming legislative session.

Cargill named Republican Representative Greg Piatt as majority floor leader and re-appointed Republican Chris Benge as chairman of the powerful Appropriations and Budget Committee.

The appointments were made one day before newly elected members of the state House and state Senate are to be sworn in.

Their terms officially begin on the 15th day after the election which will be next Wednesday.

Cargill also named Representative Rob Johnson as majority whip.

Last week he appointed Representative Gus Blackwell as state House president pro tem and Representative John Wright as caucus chairman.