An associate professor of history at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha says he's joining a growing Republican field in the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.
Kevin Crow told The Associated Press on Friday that he is a candidate for the seat that is being vacated early by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Crow planned to formally announce his candidacy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in Chickasha.
A Republican House member from Oklahoma City says he's withdrawing from the race to become the next speaker of the House.
Rep. Jason Nelson said Wednesday he is no longer in the running to replace T.W. Shannon as the next speaker. Shannon resigned from his position on Tuesday to focus his attention on his race for the U.S. Senate.
Nelson's withdrawal leaves Republican Reps. Jeff Hickman of Dacoma and Mike Jackson of Enid in the race for one of the most powerful positions in state government.
Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford reported having more than $514,000 in his congressional campaign account at the end of 2013 before launching his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
End-of-year federal campaign finance reports due at the end of last week show Lankford raised nearly $430,000 in 2013.
After current U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said last month he would give up the final two years of his term, Lankford said he would run for Coburn's seat. Lankford can use the funds in his House account for a U.S. Senate bid.
Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma voters should weigh in on what to do about school safety.
Fallin on Wednesday suggested that schools be given one-time authority to increase their bond limits so they can build tornado shelters or make other safety improvements on campus. She said she was heartbroken by the loss of life at a Moore elementary school last May.
Bridenstine said Wednesday in a statement that he has been "honored and overwhelmed" by people encouraging him to run ever since Coburn announced his resignation earlier this month. But Bridenstine said he decided not to enter the race after "serious consideration and prayer."
Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon told Republican colleagues Tuesday he will run for the U.S. Senate, sending them an email Tuesday afternoon. The text of the email under the subject line: "Big news tomorrow ..."
I want to let you in on some exciting news, so you will be among the first to know.
Tomorrow, I plan to announce that I will be running for the United States Senate.
Oklahoma's Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon officially kicked off his U.S. Senate campign at the Tulsa Historical Society Wednesday morning, criticizing Washington for what he says is a failure to effectively address the national debt.