Senate votes Greg Treat as president pro tempore

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Members of the Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted Senator Greg Treat as president pro tempore, the chamber’s top leadership post.

Treat previously served as the majority floor leader, the Senate’s second-highest leadership office, and was selected by Senate Republicans last year as their choice to lead the Senate. On Tuesday during organizational day, the entire Senate made it official and voted to name Treat as the Senate leader.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as the leader of the Oklahoma Senate. I very much appreciate my colleagues for their trust in my leadership and look forward to the challenge ahead. I also want to thank my wife and children. Without their love and support, I would not be able to serve in the Senate,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

“As leader of the Senate I promise our chamber will work hard, we’ll work together across political parties, and we’ll work toward policies that are good for all Oklahomans. There are certainly challenges facing our state, but there is nothing standing in our way that we can’t overcome together. I am optimistic about the future of our state and feel very blessed to be in a position to help lead Oklahoma to an even better and brighter future.”

Treat lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Maressa and their three children: Mason, Cooper, and Olivia. The Treat family attends Frontline Church. He was elected in a 2011 special election to represent District 47, which encompasses northwest Oklahoma City and portions of Edmond, Deer Creek, and Bethany. Treat serves on the executive committees of both the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Southern Legislative Conference.

The Oklahoma Constitution calls upon the Legislature to meet before the start of each two-year session to formally elect its leaders and certify the previous year’s election results. On Tuesday, the Senate certified the 2018 election results and officially elected Treat and other senators to Senate leadership positions. The Senate GOP leadership includes:

  • Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, President Pro Tempore

  • Senator Kim David, R-Porter, Majority Floor Leader

  • Senator Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, Appropriations chair

  • Senator Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, Majority Caucus chair

  • Senator Rob Standridge, R-Norman, Majority Whip

  • Senator Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, Assistant Floor Leader

  • Senator Frank Simpson, R-Springer, Assistant Floor Leader

  • Senator Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, Majority Caucus vice chair

  • Senator Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, Assistant Majority Whip

  • Senator Casey Murdock, R-Felt, Assistant Majority Whip

  • Senator Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, Assistant Majority Whip

  • Senator Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, Rural Caucus chair