Cranes from Japan

Soon after the May tornadoes, someone I went to high school with, Candice Darrow Goodner, reached out from Japan. She said she wanted to send me thousands of origami cranes that her Japanese friends had made to bring comfort to the people of Oklahoma.

I set out to find a place where these beautiful cranes could be seen by everyone. Thanks to the great folks at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, they landed there, and here is a picture I took tonight.  There is also an explanatory sign.

Walk by the south lobby of the Crystal Bridge and check them out!

Northwest OKC Chamber

Today, I addressed the members of the Northwest OKC Chamber about the 2013 legislative session.

I am so honored to represent this corner of the world that made me who I am.

Here I am today with the rest of the Northwest OKC legislative delegation.



Happy Independence Day 2013


At this morning’s Independence Day parade in Bethany, OK

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”


I grew up with Andrew Markowitz in Northwest Oklahoma City.  Today, he’s a Miami, FL police officer.

After the May tornado in Moore, he wanted to demonstrate to his old hometown metro that they were in the thoughts of the first responders in Miami.   So, he sent this City of Miami flag, signed by public safety officers in Miami, to the City of Moore.

Last night, Moore’s Senator Anthony Sykes and I presented it to the Moore City Council.