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Senator David Holt’s official office at the Oklahoma State Capitol is now open for business. Here is his new contact information:
2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Room 411A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
I was honored today to be named the Vice Chairman of the Senate and Business Committee. Oklahoma’s business climate is on everyone’s mind right now, and I’m pleased to serve as Vice Chairman of a committee that will address the challenges head on. My priority in this position will be to make sure Oklahoma has the friendliest environment for business in the nation.
Week one in the Senate was a whirlwind. It began with the swearing-in, followed by our leadership elections, where I was honored to join the Senate leadership team.
Wednesday through Thursday was orientation with my fellow freshmen (there are nine of us, all Republican). In the midst of that, I interviewed assistants, requested committees, and selected an office. I picked last, but was just happy to be in the building.
Next up: moving-in, more preliminaries, and more studying.
Tonight, in the latest exercise of our great American experiment, the voters of Oklahoma gave Republicans the keys to our state government. Believe it or not, this has never happened before. In a Senate and House that Democrats controlled for a century, Republicans now hold two-thirds majorities. And for the first time in state history, Republicans hold those two chambers and the governor’s office simultaneously. Additionally, whereas yesterday Democrats held all eight statewide offices outside of the Corporation Commission, Republicans now hold all eight, plus the three Corporation Commissioners. This also means that eight executive positions, plus the Speaker and Senate Pro Tem, will all be fresh faces.
I don’t point all of this out to be provocative to my Democratic and Independent friends. I say it to remind my fellow Republicans of the solemn responsibility we have assumed. Tonight, the voters have given their public servants a monumental task – reform, improve and steward Oklahoma’s state government. They have also given us the tools to accomplish it. We must seize this moment, and we must be bold. But we must also remember that we are Oklahomans before we are partisans, and that the public trust must be earned every day, through honesty and hard work. The next few months and years of this new political paradigm will be historic and thrilling, demanding and painful. I promise the people of the 30th Senate District that I will do my part to rise to this occasion. And I have every confidence that the public servants elected tonight will do the same. That is what Oklahoma deserves, it is what she has asked for tonight, and we must deliver.
On Tuesday, after 18 months of campaigning, I was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate, representing the 30th District that I have called home my entire life. We received over 5,000 votes and over 63 percent. This expression of support from our neighbors was a humbling experience.
I will be sworn-in this November, and it will be the honor of a lifetime to represent my community at the State Capitol.
I want to thank every single voter for their participation in this remarkable American experiment. I promise you that I will bring the same work ethic and passion that you saw on the campaign trail to this important public service.
I especially want to thank all of our supporters – our 500 donors, our hundreds of volunteers, the 100 members of our “One of Us” team, the hundreds of voters who displayed yard signs, and our thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers. Your support made this possible, and it encouraged us to keep pushing hard until the very end.
On behalf of Rachel and George, thank you again. I will not let you down. After I am settled at the Capitol, I hope you will stay in touch and come visit. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
With deepest gratitude,
Oklahoma State Senator-Elect, District 30
All votes are counted – We received 5,125 votes, and our opposition received 2,934 votes. We have won with over 63 percent! I am deeply humbled and honored to be the next State Senator from the 30th District of Oklahoma. Thank you so much for your support!
There is nothing left to say, but VOTE!
Everyone is invited to the election night watch party at the Lansbrook Event Center Tuesday night!
Polls close at 7 p.m., so we’ll be drifting in soon after that.
Lansbrook Event Center is at 6009 NW Expressway (west of MacArthur, north side of the Expressway), in the heart of the 30th District!
As we race to the finish, we had fantastic support from volunteers today. Thank you so much! We are just hours from victory!
Early voting is now available at the Oklahoma County Election Board at 4201 N. Lincoln Boulevard. Here is the full schedule:
Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Today, in a front page, above-the-fold editorial, the Bethany Tribune strongly endorsed David Holt to be our next State Senator. Calling David “a person known by so many of us for his character, his integrity, his willingness to serve, and his commitment to our values,” the Tribune wrote “We need David Holt in the Oklahoma State Senate.”
The full editorial can be found here.