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GOP-led Congress leads to new chairmanships for Oklahoma Congressmen

Tom Cole, R-Moore, will be chairman of the House Rules Committee.
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Tom Cole, R-Moore, will be chairman of the House Rules Committee.

A new Speaker of the House means a new-look Congress.

And because Republicans have gained control of the chamber, Oklahoma’s entirely GOP delegation will benefit.

Congressional veterans Frank Lucas of Cheyenne and Tom Cole of Moore will chair the HouseScience, Space and Technology, andRules Committees, respectively.

Those roles play an important part in policy formation by Congress.

In a statement, Lucas said he was “honored” to take on his position.

“From combating China’s competitiveness to renewing America’s leadership in space, our Committee’s work will ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in science, technology, and innovation,” Lucastweeted. “I am eager to get to work.”

Tulsa Congressman Kevin Hern will also play an important role for the GOP, serving as chairman of theRepublican Study Committee, a conservative caucus of members.

This report was produced by the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, a collaboration of public media organizations. Help support collaborative journalism by donating at the link at the top of this webpage.

Robby grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Journalism degree. Robby has reported for several newspapers, including The Roanoke Times in southwest Virginia. He reported for StateImpact Oklahoma from 2019 through 2022, focusing on education.
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