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TABLE OF CONTENTS Message from the Chair...................... page 4 Government Relations Staff...............page 5 2020 Public Policy Priorities..............page 6 Pro-Business Scorecard................... page 20 Elected Officials Directory............... page 22 Greater OKC Chamber PAC............ page 24 Chamber Leadership........................ page 46
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Message from the Chair
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber takes pride in its mission as the voice of business in central Oklahoma. To successfully fulfill this role and play our part in creating a pro-business environment under which the entire state can prosper, it is imperative for our organization to collaboratively engage with elected officials to advance an economic development agenda. As the 2020 Legislative Session begins, we expect to be actively lobbying on issues as diverse as protecting and strengthening the state’s premiere economic
and community development programs; lowering the state’s incarcerated population through smart criminal justice reform; ensuring the state’s common and higher education systems are producing graduates who effectively meet 21st century workforce needs; and, providing health insurance coverage to more of the state’s uninsured population. I consider the Chamber’s Public Policy Guide to be a “road map” on how Oklahoma can achieve its goal of becoming a Top 10 state in these areas and more. We prepared this material to share our perspective with our elected officials as they seek to enhance the state’s long-term economic growth. As a fellow member of our civic and business community, you are a critical part of the Chamber’s success at the State Capitol. By making a phone call, sending an email or scheduling a meeting with a legislator, you will directly impact the legislative process as we pursue positive outcomes on issues of importance to our community and state. I encourage you to please use the 2020 Public Policy Guide as a resource to advance the Chamber’s priorities at the Capitol. With your help I am confident, as in past years, the Chamber will continue to successfully partner and lead on efforts to make Oklahoma a superior place for businesses to prosper. PERCY KIRK Chair, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Senior Vice President & Region Manager, Central Region, Cox Communications
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2020 Public Policy Priorities
• Quality Jobs Act, 21st Century QJA, Small Employer QJA and the Prime Contractor QJA
County Government Reform The Chamber supports empowering Oklahoma counties to alter their form of government to meet their unique needs. Workers’ Comp Reform The Chamber supports defending and improving the comprehensive workers’ compensation reform legislation enacted during the 2013 session. strengthening the state’s premier economic/ community development programs which are critical in attracting new businesses to the state, assisting existing companies expand and encouraging investment in communities across the state. Following are the key programs the Chamber will seek to protect: Economic Development Programs The Chamber supports retaining and
• Aerospace Engineer Tax Credit • Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit
• Historical Building Rehabilitation Tax Credit • Cybersecurity/Software Engineer Tax Credit • Five-year ad valorem abatement and sales tax exemption for manufacturing facilities • Regional Home Office Insurance Premium Tax Credit The Chamber will support efforts to reinstate the Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes. Legal Reform The Chamber supports the following legal reforms: • Amending public and private nuisance laws to avoid misuse • Placing a reasonable limit on non-economic damages Incentive Evaluation Commission The Chamber supports the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission, which was established to make recommendations to the Legislature and governor on which incentive programs are serving their intended purpose and creating economic/ community development. If an incentive program cannot show a positive return to the state, it should be scaled back or repealed. Wind Subsidies The Chamber supports ending the Manufacturer’s Sales Tax Exemption for new wind facilities and
requiring the Zero-Emissions Tax Credit to be claimed only as a credit and not as a refund. Gun Legislation The Chamber supports the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the responsible expansion of gun-owner’s rights in Oklahoma. However, the Chamber will oppose legislation that would allow open/concealed carry of guns into high-economic impact events (many of which are required by contract to prohibit weapons), including horse shows, the Oklahoma State Fair, Olympic-qualifying events on the Oklahoma River, high school basketball and wrestling tournaments at the State Fairgrounds and NCAA and Big XII sporting events. The Chamber will oppose legislation that would allow guns to be carried on college campuses. The Chamber will lead the efforts of the “Oklahomans for Business and Property Owners’ Rights” coalition to defend against harmful gun legislation and work with the National Rifle Association, the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association and other stakeholders to improve and clarify existing gun laws while, at the same time, ensuring the protection of property rights and public safety. Criminal Justice/Sentencing Reform The Chamber supports legislation and funding for sentencing reforms and rehabilitation programs to ease the financial drain on Oklahoma’s criminal justice system, lessen the burden on jails and prisons throughout the state and allow non-violent offenders to enter the workforce more quickly. The Chamber supports the efforts of the Criminal Justice Reclassification Council created pursuant to HB 1098 (2018). The Chamber also supports: 1) continuing smart sentencing reform; 2) improving bail and jail practices; 3) making reentry and supervision improvements to reduce fines and fees, enhance workforce opportunities and increase public safety; and, 4) securing additional treatment funding. Medical Marijuana The Chamber supports additional legislation to protect an employer’s right to maintain a drug-free workplace, enforce policies to prohibit employee impairment during work hours and other business- friendly reforms.
Pension Reform The Chamber supports protecting the pension reforms which have improved the long-term fiscal condition of the state. Water The Chamber will work with the governor, State Legislature, City of Oklahoma City and other stakeholders to ensure the availability of a long- term water supply for central Oklahoma. Oil & Gas Tax The Chamber supports a stable oil and gas tax structure which promotes the investment of drilling capital in Oklahoma. OCAST/i2E The Chamber supports continued funding for i2E programs, including the Seed Capital Fund. The Chamber encourages the State of Oklahoma to invest in OCAST’s support of small- and medium-size companies. By funding advanced research and development through the Center for Industry Innovation, OCAST can stimulate public-private collaboration and financial resources resulting in the greatest potential for commercialization aiding a company’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Battery Storage The Chamber supports legislation and a regulatory environment that promotes the research, development, manufacturing, and use of energy storage systems, particularly battery storage. Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) The Chamber supports the constitutional provisions of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to support the public health of Oklahomans.
FEDERAL ISSUES Immigration Reform
The Chamber supports federal immigration reform to secure the borders and establish reasonable and effective visa policies/procedures to attract essential workers to the United States.
2020 Education and Workforce Development Priorities
STATE ISSUES Early Childhood Education The Chamber steadfastly supports early
• Reward teacher performance and experience • Incentivize teachers to work in high priority areas • Grow alternative pathways, such as Teach for America, that enhances the diversity of the teaching profession
childhood education and full funding of pre-K and kindergarten programs. Targeted spending on our youngest children is simply a smart investment. The Chamber supports legislative initiatives to maintain early childhood education programs and initiatives.
Funding Transparency to Highlight Classroom Spending Business leaders want education funding to focus on improving quality of instruction in the classroom. We support increasing funding transparency that makes it easier to understand per-pupil spending and ensure that as much funding as possible goes directly to classroom activity. Longitudinal Data System The business community encourages development and implementation of a
Long-Term, Strategic Education Funding The Chamber supports development of a long-term, strategic plan that will enable improvement in classroom teaching and academic performance. This should include increasing the minimum number of instructional hours, currently 1080 hours, required for a complete school year. Teacher Preparation, Recruitment and Retention
new pre-K to 20 longitudinal data system that will measure performance and progress. A working system would measure the progress, challenges and success of our education systems from early childhood through higher education and into employment. Accurate data would enhance critical programmatic and funding decisions.
Oklahoma and the nation have a teacher shortage. Oklahoma’s teacher preparation system needs to be improved in order to train, attract and retain high-quality teachers. We support legislation to:
Public Charter Schools The Chamber supports charter schools and education choices. Charter schools are public school and are required to adhere to Oklahoma statutes and performance standards. We support creating high-quality charter schools and enabling successful charter schools to grow. This includes online charter schools, schools designed to meet the needs of targeted underserved populations or schools that provide specific curriculum. We support creating a solution to ensure all public schools are funded equitably, and we support creating a solution to address the facility needs of Oklahoma charter schools. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) has consistently ranked among the nation’s top public high schools. More than half of OSSM graduates stay in Oklahoma, and 85 percent are choosing STEM careers. The Chamber supports full funding of the OSSM FY 2020 budget request. Specialty Schools We support state funding for schools that serve homeless populations of students who can thrive in schools that target specific needs. We support schools like Positive Tomorrows, a private non- profit school in Oklahoma City exclusively serving homeless students with services that help stabilize their families, bring the students up to grade level and prepare them for success in public school. School and Campus Safety The Chamber will oppose legislation to permit carrying of firearms at early childhood, pre-K-12, college and career tech facilities. We will oppose efforts to remove or replace the ability of career tech and higher education institutions to regulate firearms on campus. Mental Health Needs Oklahoma students face a high level of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We support additional focus and support of initiatives to address the mental and behavioral health of students. This includes new innovation and services from the State Dept. of Education and Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Concurrent Enrollment & Work-based Learning The Chamber recognizes the excellent learning opportunities offered at our community colleges and career techs. Students should be allowed and encouraged to begin pursuit of a degree or other certification while still in high school. They reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a degree at a post-secondary institution, which reduces costs and speeds entry into the workforce. We support fully funding access for seniors and expanding access to concurrent enrollment for high school juniors as funding is available. We also support efforts to increase work-based learning opportunities that prepare young people for careers. Higher Education – Reform and Investment The Chamber recognizes a high quality higher education system is critical to economic growth. Although the system has faced significant financial challenges in recent years, it has not met the critical needs of many employers. We urge the system to pursue significant reform in order to better meet these needs. The business community supports the following reforms. 1. Dramatic realignment of the governing structures to enable: • Consolidation/reduction of facilities and administrative costs • Increased on-line and alternative learning options • Creation of a strategic, long-term higher education investment and funding plan • Increased academic innovation, such as joint degree programs, shortened degree programs, workforce oriented certificates and degrees, and improved math outcomes to meet STEM degree demands 2. Specific and Targeted funding to address critical workforce needs and economic development opportunities to be managed by a 3rd party or other agency, such as the Department of Commerce. All new funds to be used in the following areas:
• Creating more graduates with degrees in high-demand occupations such as engineering, technology, software and health care • Creating new or expanding high-level research programs to attract and leverage new/additional federal or private funds • Encouraging commercialization of new ideas and technologies that generate Oklahoma’s Promise is one of the most successful college access programs in the nation. We oppose legislation that would diminish the program’s focus on college access. We support efforts to increase the number of college graduates and to maintain the direct allocation of state funds, which ensures full funding of the scholarships earned by Oklahoma students. revenue and jobs Oklahoma’s Promise
Career Tech – Business and Industry Training The Oklahoma CareerTech system is acknowledged as one of the top systems in the nation. CareerTech is a key ingredient in attracting industry to Oklahoma through its Training for Industry Program (TIP). The Chamber supports funding to assure training needs for new and existing industry. The business community urges the system to focus on producing a workforce that can meet the needs of high-demand occupations. Career Readiness and Certification The Chamber believes Oklahoma needs more of our workforce to have the opportunities to earn more post-secondary education, including certifications, degrees and other training targeting skills that are in demand and meet industry needs. • We support key scholarship programs: Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grants (OTEG) and Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants (OTAG) • We support concurrent enrollment. These will help achieve the Complete College America goals by enabling more students to enter college and obtain a college degree • We support development of more work-based learning opportunities such as internships and apprenticeship programs
2020 Health Care Priorities
STATE ISSUES Health Insurance Coverage for Oklahomans The Chamber supports: • Extending Health Insurance Coverage to More Oklahomans The Chamber supports extending health insurance coverage to more Oklahoma residents through pursuit of all available funds to cover the costs of uncompensated care that is currently shifted to employers and health care providers. • Broadening Insure Oklahoma The Chamber further supports broadening Insure Oklahoma to provide health insurance coverage to more of the state’s uninsured. • Medicaid Reform The Chamber will support improving outcomes and
The Chamber further opposes new mandates being placed on physicians, hospitals and providers that will increase the cost of providing quality health care in Oklahoma. Network Protection The Chamber opposes legislation which would eliminate the incentive for medical providers to contract with managed care networks and, as a result, potentially frustrate efforts at cost and quality control and ultimately deny consumers the benefits of cost-reducing arrangements with providers. The Chamber further opposes legislation that would interfere with an employers’ ability to offer affordable health benefits due to a reduced ability to control benefit plans relating to prescription drugs. Medical Education Funding The Chamber supports maintaining physician training
care delivery for the Medicaid population.
funding for the state’s two largest medical schools in the base budgets of the University Hospitals Authority and Oklahoma State University Medical Authority. Physician Shortage/Rural Access The Chamber supports the following initiatives to address health care disparities: 1) incentivizing the recruitment
Research and Development The Chamber supports efforts to foster an environment that is conducive to further research and will oppose efforts to unreasonably restrict the continued development of the state’s bioscience and research
The Chamber opposes new health insurance mandates and liabilities that will undermine an employer’s ability to provide quality health insurance at reasonable cost to employees.
and retention of primary care physicians, specialty physicians and allied health professionals in rural, underserved and other areas and 2) expanding residency programs for the state’s medical
schools. The Chamber supports efforts to identify new funding streams dedicated to these initiatives. The Chamber also supports the appropriate expansion of technology platforms (such as telemedicine and telehealth) and data platforms to enhance access to health
The Chamber opposes cuts to the state Medicaid budget that would increase the burden of uncompensated care and shift costs to employers and health care providers. Wellness/Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan The Chamber supports
care for Oklahomans. Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) The Chamber supports the constitutional provisions of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to support the public health of Oklahomans. Appropriations Support of Community Health Centers The Chamber supports adequate state funding for community health Oklahomans, prevent cost shifting to other entities and maintain a healthy workforce for Oklahoma employers. Health Care Funding centers to provide quality health care to underserved
the following state initiatives including wellness, disease prevention and care programs that serve to improve the physical, behavioral and mental health of Oklahoma citizens: The Oklahoma State Health Innovation Plan; the five-year Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) supported through the State Department of Health; the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative; the Oklahoma City- County Wellness Now Health Improvement Plan; tobacco prevention
programs; efforts to mitigate the harmful health effects of e-cigarettes/vaping; public outreach initiatives; efforts to address health disparities; and, workplace and school-based wellness, health education and healthy eating programs. Prevention of Disease The Chamber recognizes the detrimental impact of chronic and communicable diseases (including
The Chamber supports protecting health care revenue, including revenue in health care revolving funds, from being diverted to fund other areas of government.
The decisions made at the Capitol have far-reaching impacts on all Oklahomans and Oklahoma business owners. The Chamber recognizes that all businesses in the state should have the opportunity to grow and succeed in a positive business climate. By collaborating with various partner organizations on issues, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber can help Collaborating for BUSINESS
promote a business-friendly environment throughout Greater Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma. During the 2020 legislative session, the Chamber will partner with the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the State Chamber of Oklahoma on a joint agenda. The agenda can be read at www.okcchamber.com/legislative.
substance use disorder) on the quality of life for Oklahoma’s residents and the severe economic costs they impose on health care providers and employers. Therefore, the Chamber will support efforts by the state’s elected officials and medical and research communities to develop avenues to successfully prevent and combat congenital, chronic, pandemic and communicable diseases. Clean Indoor Air The Chamber supports legislation to make all indoor areas smoke free; as well as legislation to remove smokers as a protected class in state employment law. The Chamber supports improving health care quality, access and affordability without imposing new mandates and/or taxes on business. Therefore, the Chamber opposes a single-payer government-run/public option or health care system with excessive government mandates. Employer-Driven Market Reforms The Chamber believes that employers drive innovation in health benefits and, therefore, we support market-driven health reforms as the best approach to reducing costs while promoting market stability, efficiency, wellness and quality of care. Medicaid Cuts The Chamber opposes Medicaid cuts that would place increased pressure on reimbursement rates, negatively impact the adequate delivery of critical services to the most vulnerable, exacerbate an already high administrative burden for health care businesses and increase the burden of uncompensated care shifted to employers and health care providers. Research and Development The Chamber supports efforts to foster a federal policy environment that is conducive to further research and will oppose efforts to unreasonably restrict the continued development of national bioscience and research programs. FEDERAL ISSUES Single-Payer Health Care
2020 Transportation Priorities
STATE ISSUES Major Projects The Chamber will advocate for full funding and timely completion of work on: • I-44/I-235 (between NW 63rd and N. 50th streets) • I-240/I-35 (Crossroads) • I-35/I-44 (Remington Park) • I-44/Rt. 66/SH-3 (In vicinity of Lake Hefner Parkway/NW Exp.) • I-44/I-40 (K Interchange/Near State Fairgrounds) • Necessary improvements to I-40 corridor east of I-35 (Tinker Air Force Base) including expansion of I-40 facility to six lanes from Douglas Boulevard to Shawnee • Future development of I-44 corridor from I-40 to SH-62 (southwest OKC to Newcastle) to better provide for future mobility needs due to ongoing commercial expansion. ODOT Eight-Year Plan The Chamber supports providing adequate annual dedicated funding necessary to preserve and implement the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) eight-year construction work plan. Furthermore, the Chamber will strongly oppose any effort to divert dedicated transportation funding to other areas of government.
State Bridge Improvement Plan The Chamber supports providing adequate annual dedicated funding to implement the ODOT Bridge Improvement Plan to repair or replace all of Oklahoma’s structurally deficient bridges on the state’s highway system by 2020 and further ensure that ODOT is able to maintain a nationally leading bridge improvement program. Sustainable Funding To address the declining transportation revenues associated with fuel tax the Chamber supports the research and development of sustainable funding alternatives in support of transportation infrastructure. State Turnpike Plan The Chamber supports the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s (OTA) “Driving Forward” Turnpike Program, and specifically, the following Oklahoma City-area projects: • Construction of the Kickapoo Turnpike to link I-40 and I-44 (Turner Turnpike) in eastern Oklahoma County to ease congestion on I-35 • Construction of a new southwest extension of the existing John Kilpatrick Turnpike between I-40 and State Highway 152/Airport Road to ease congestion at the I-40/I-44 (K Interchange/Near State Fairgrounds). The Chamber further supports turnpike planning consideration to include widening the Turner Turnpike to six lanes from the current construction at mile post 203 extending west to Oklahoma City.
The Chamber supports state law to allow platooning of semi-trucks to allow for safer and more efficient conduct of interstate commerce. ODOT Long Range Freight Rail Plan and Freight Plan The Chamber supports the implementation of ODOT’s long-range freight rail plan and freight plan. Seat Belt Law to Protect Childhood Safety
Ports of Entry The Chamber supports providing adequate annual dedicated funding and staffing levels for the timely completion and effective use of weigh stations at Oklahoma’s ports of entry to ensure the protection of Oklahoma’s roads and bridges from unnecessary damage caused by overweight freight loads.
State Transit Funding The Chamber supports protecting state revenues allocated into the State of Oklahoma’s Public Transit Revolving Fund to meet citizen demand for public transit; and, further supports the creation and implementation of the State Office of Mobility and Transit within ODOT. Heartland Flyer Passenger rail service is a key component of the continued viability of the Oklahoma City intermodal hub and the future development of commuter rail throughout the central Oklahoma
The Chamber supports passage of a new state law to require 8-17 year olds to wear seat belts while being transported in the back seat. MUNICIPAL ISSUES Mass Transit/Commuter Rail The Chamber supports implementation of transit programs that will best serve central Oklahoma
including the Central Oklahoma Transit and Parking Authority (COTPA) 2005 Fixed Guideway Transit Study and its following components: • Association of Central Oklahoma Government’s (ACOG) Regional Transit Dialogue Committees to identify regional transit alternatives/solutions for central Oklahoma • ACOG’s Commuter Corridors Study recommendations to implement mitigation strategies for future congestion The Chamber further supports efforts by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), consisting of six core central Oklahoma cities, to launch future regional transit services. The Chamber will work with the RTA, ACOG, municipal governments, ODOT and Class 1 railroads to conduct early-stage planning for introducing commuter rail service into downtown Oklahoma City from Norman and
region. The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma congressional delegation, the Oklahoma State Legislature, ODOT, the City of Oklahoma City, the Class 1 railroads and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) to oppose efforts to reduce or eliminate state or federal funding received by Oklahoma to operate the Heartland Flyer Amtrak service to Fort Worth, Texas. Moreover, the Chamber supports ongoing efforts by ODOT to negotiate with the State of Texas and Amtrak to ensure Amtrak can be maintained as the passenger rail carrier. The Chamber supports continued dialogue on extending the Heartland Flyer Amtrak service to Newton, Kansas, which would connect Oklahoma City to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and other locations on the Amtrak system. Interstate Commerce The Chamber opposes legislation to limit the ability of Class 1 railroads to conduct interstate commerce.
Alternative Transportation The Chamber supports increased construction of sidewalks, trails and bike lanes. In addition, the Chamber supports proper implementation and consideration of bike shares, car shares, scooter shares and future technologies on a case-by-case basis.
Edmond with alternative transportation options to Del City and Midwest City. Further planning consideration should be given to potential future expansion of rail service to the Shawnee and Yukon areas. Intermodal Hub
The Chamber will work with the City of Oklahoma City (COTPA), the Class 1 railroads, ODOT, the Oklahoma State Legislature
FEDERAL ISSUES America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act The Chamber supports adequate funding for America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act, a multi-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation bill.
and ACOG to ensure the continued viability of the
intermodal hub at the Santa Fe station that will effectively integrate various modes of transportation (including OKC Streetcar, Amtrak, bus, future bus rapid transit and future commuter rail) and enhance economic development opportunities. The Chamber supports efforts to work with stakeholders to maximize alignment and development of future locally preferred alternatives for mass transportation. Street Improvements The Chamber supports consideration and pursuit of all available funds for ongoing and future street improvements. OKC Streetcar The Chamber supports efforts to ensure the continued viability of the Oklahoma City Streetcar system. Bus Service The Chamber supports greater frequency, expanded routes and expanded service hours for bus routes. The Chamber further encourages regional dialogue on providing enhanced bus service. Bus Rapid Transit The Chamber supports implementing bus rapid transit on key routes in Oklahoma City tied to the 2005 Fixed Guideway Transit Study. Parking The Chamber supports continued construction of additional parking and viable park and ride locations, as appropriate on a case-by-case basis, to allow continued economic development downtown.
The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma Congressional delegation and ODOT to secure a permanent funding solution for the Federal Highway Trust Fund (including mass transit programs). The Chamber supports adequate funding levels to properly maintain the national transportation system. Federal Capital Improvement Grants The Chamber supports continued funding for SMALL STARTS, NEW STARTS, INFRA and BUILD grants. FAA Air Traffic Control Privatization The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma congressional delegation to oppose any attempt by Congress or the executive branch to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. Clean Air Nonattainment The Chamber will work with the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, ODOT, ACOG, the City of Oklahoma City, the private sector, and additional partners to take necessary proactive steps to ensure the Greater Oklahoma City region is not designated as being in nonattainment of federal air quality standards. Freight Rail Regulation The Chamber opposes any effort by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to impose additional regulation on freight rail operators.
HowWe Determine Our Priorities As the voice of the business community, the
on the agenda in any given year begins nearly six months in advance and involves input from hundreds of local businesses and government stakeholders. The following is a visual representation of how the Chamber determines its annual legislative priorities.
Chamber advocates for pro-business legislation at the Capitol during each legislative session. Prior to the session each year, the Chamber creates its legislative agenda. The Chamber works hand-in- hand with its partners to promote a strong future for Oklahoma businesses. The collaborative process of determining which priorities will be
Annual Business Retention & Expansion interviews with 300+ companies
Conversations with local businesses and stakeholders
Education Steering Committee
Government Relations Steering Committee
Chamber Executive Committee
Chamber Board of Directors
Oklahoma State Legislature Pro-Business Scores It is critical for the business community to support candidates
Engineers Tax Credit (HB 2759); Trailer Gun Bill to protect Scissortail Park/Oklahoma City Zoo (HB 2010); Criminal justice reform measure providing retroactivity for State Question 780 (HB 1269); Medical Marijuana bill establishing regulatory framework (HB 2612); and, Workers’ Compensation Reform (HB 2367). Additionally, the Chamber awarded bonus points to legislators for carrying software/cyber security engineering tax credit legislation. See all scoring criteria at www.okcchamber.com/scorecard. The following charts represent the voting records for State House and State Senate members based on the issues identified by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and RIED for 2019. RIED scores for previous years can be f ound at www.riedreport.com. 73% 63% Montgomery, John R 32 82% 70% Murdock, Casey R 27 80% 63% Newhouse, Joe R 25 64% 63% Paxton, Lonnie R 23 91% 80% Pederson, Roland R 19 82% 70% Pemberton, Dewayne R 9 87% 80% Pugh, Adam R 41 71% 70% Quinn, Marty R 2 76% 63% Rader, Dave R 39 91% 80% Rosino, Paul R 45 91% 80% Scott, Paul R 43 71% 60% Sharp, Ron R 17 87% 90% Shaw, Wayne R 3 80% 63% Silk, Joseph R 5 51% 55% Simpson, Frank R 14 62% 69% Smalley, Jason R 28 82% 93% Standridge, Rob R 15 64% 60% Stanislawski, Gary R 35 73% 70% Stanley, Brenda R 42 87% 90% Thompson, Roger R 8 71% 100% Treat, Greg R 47 71% 80% Weaver, Darrell R 24 82% 80% Young, George D 48 73% 50% Party District RIED OKC McCortney, Greg R 13
and elected officials who will advance pro-business legislation at the Capitol. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s government relations division uses information prepared by the statewide Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED) to identify elected officials’ votes on issues important to the business community. Alongside the RIED scores, the Chamber also assigns a score based on issues important to the Greater Oklahoma City region and state. In 2019, the Chamber tracked votes on key pro-business legislation and assigned a score to legislators based on their support for these measures. The top 5 bills the Chamber scored last session were: a new Software/Cyber Security
Disclaimer: All data in these charts are obtained from legislative, government and private sector sources. The data, information and estimations herein are not warranted as to accuracy and are presented as is and without warranty either expressed or implied. The purpose of this material is to inform. Further, the material is not intended to be and does not constitute an endorsement of any kind or as an official source. Interested persons should formulate their own opinions relative to the data, information and estimations herein or to any information related thereto.
Oklahoma State Senate
RIED OKC Senator
Allen, Mark Bergstrom, Micheal
R 4 R 1
62% 60% 78% 80%
R 22 87% 83%
Boggs, Larry Boren, Mary
R 7 D 16 D 44 R 6 R 10 R 33 R 18 D 34 R 21
78% 73% 69% 40% 69% 56% 78% 73% 91% 80% 58% 60% 91% 80% 73% 70% 87% 80%
Brooks, Michael Bullard, David Coleman, Bill Dahm, Nathan Daniels, Julie David, Kim Dossett, JJ Dugger, Tom Floyd, Kay Hall, Chuck Haste, John Hicks, Carri Howard, Brent Ikley-Freeman, Allison
R 29 84% 80%
D 46 78% 70% R 20 91% 80%
D 40 73% 73% R 38 80% 60%
Jech, Darcy Kidd, Chris
R 26 87% 73%
D 30 78% 70%
Leewright, James R 12 Matthews, Kevin D 11
87% 80% 60% 63%
Oklahoma House of Representatives Representative Party District
RIED OKC Representative
87% 80% 71% 80% 51% 62% 91% 83% 73% 69% 84% 90% 69% 80% 67% 79% 82% 90% 62% 59% 82% 83% 78% 60% 87% 83% 91% 83% 87% 80% 71% 90% 56% 63% 89% 80% 76% 70% 64% 52% 60% 59% 87% 69% 69% 80% 89% 73% 69% 83% 82% 80% 69% 80% 87% 86% 82% 73% 78% 73% 78% 80% 78% 73% RIED OKC 89% 90% 87% 80% 64% 70% 87% 80% 76% 73% 69% 80% 76% 83% 82% 80% 78% 83% 69% 80% 64% 73% 69% 66% 76% 80% 76% 80% 67% 60% 91% 83% 40% 42% 89% 76%
Albright, Kelly Baker, Rhonda Bell, Merleyn Bennett, Forrest Blancett, Meloyde
D 95 R 60 D 45 D 92 D 78 R 67 R 51 D 83 D 71 R 35 R 70 R 40 R 63 R 20 R 6 R 41 R 98 R 69 D 93 R 90 R 16 R 11 R 76 R 13 D 94 R 8 D 73 R 17 R 86 R 49 R 65 R 29 R 47 R 19 R 25 R 91 R 26 R 3 R 30 R 9 D 7 D 97 R 37 R 101 R 75 R 39 R 80 R 53 R 22
69% 80% 87% 59% 56% 73% 69% 73% 38% 62% 89% 83% 80% 73% 51% 66% 56% 45% 89% 73% 84% 66% 78% 83% 84% 90% 67% 66% 87% 80% 67% 50% 91% 80% 69% 90% 69% 66% 78% 56% 87% 90% 82% 80% 73% 60% 78% 63% 73% 66% 80% 83% 53% 40% 69% 73% 91% 80% 71% 70% 44% 40% 84% 80% 84% 80% 84% 83% 82% 70% 87% 80% 78% 66% 78% 66% 91% 80% 80% 73% 78% 80% 67% 80% 60% 76% 87% 73% 84% 80% 87% 80% 82% 76% 82% 80% 82% 79% 91% 80%
McDugle, Kevin McEntire, Marcus Meredith, Matt
R 12 R 50 D 4 R 82 R 31 R 96 D 85 R 58 D 72 R 66 R 23 R 2 R 52 R 81 R 62 D 56 R 38 R 24 D 99 R 15 D 34 R 21 R 36 R 42 R 55 R 59 R 68 R 18 R 14 R 43 R 27 D 89 R 10 R 33 R 28 R 48 R 74 D 44 D 77 D 87 R 32 R 5 R 54 R 84 R 64 R 57 R 1
Moore, Lewis Munson, Cyndi Newton, Carl Nichols, Monroe Nollan, Jadine O'Donnell, Terry
Boatman, Jeff Boles, Brad
Branham, Chelsey Brewer, Denise
Caldwell, Chad Caldwell, Trey Conley, Sherrie Cornwell, Rusty
Ortega, Charles Osburn, Mike
Patzkowsky, Kenton R 61
Crosswhite Hader, D.
Perryman, David Pfeiffer, John Phillips, Logan Pittman, Ajay
Davis, Dean Dills, Sheila
Dunnington, Jason D 88
Provenzano, Melissa D 79
Fetgatter, Scott Fincher, Derrel
Ranson, Trish Roberts, Dustin Roberts, Sean
Ford, Ross Frix, Avery
Rosecrants, Jacob D 46
Sanders, Mike Sims, Lonnie Smith, David Sneed, Chris Stark, Marilyn Steagall, Jay Sterling, Danny Stone, Shane
Hardin, David Hardin, Tommy Hasenbeck, Toni
R 100 87% 90%
Humphrey, Justin Johns, Ronny Kannady, Chris Kerbs, Dell Kiger, Lundy Lawson, Mark Lepak, Mark Loring, Ben Lowe, Jason Luttrell, Ken Manger, Robert
Talley, John Taylor, Zack
Townley, Tammy Vancuren, Mark Virgin, Emily Waldron, John Walke, Collin Wallace, Kevin
West, Josh West, Kevin West, Tammy
McBride, Mark McCall, Charles
Worthen, Rande Wright, Harold
Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation
UNITED STATES SENATE
Senator James Lankford (R) (202) 224-5754 1015 N Broadway Ave., Suite 310 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405) 231-4941 www.lankford.senate.gov D.C. office: 316 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Jim Inhofe (R) (202) 224-4721 (202) 228-0380 (fax) 3817 Northwest Expressway, Suite 780 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 (405) 208-8841 (405) 604-0917 (fax) www.inhofe.senate.gov D.C. office: 205 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-3603
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Congressman Kevin Hern (R) District 1 (202) 225-2211 2448 East 81st St., Suite 5150
Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R) District 2
(202) 225-2701 811-A N. York St. Muskogee, OK 74403 (918) 687-2533 www.mullin.house.gov D.C. office: 2421 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Congressman Tom Cole (R) District 4 (202) 225-6165 2424 Springer Dr., Suite 201 Norman, OK 73069 (405) 329-6500 www.cole.house.gov D.C. office: 2207 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Tulsa, OK 74137 (918) 935-3222 www.hern.house.gov D.C. office: 1019 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Congressman Frank Lucas (R) District 3 (202) 225-5565 10952 NW Expressway, Suite B Yukon, OK 73099 (405) 373-1958 www.lucas.house.gov D.C. office: 2405 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Congresswoman Kendra Horn (D) District 5 (202) 225-2132
400 N. Walker, Suite 210 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 https://horn.house.gov D.C. office: 415 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Oklahoma County Congressional Map
County Line Council Rockwell Mac Arthur Meridian Portland May Pennsylvania High / Kelley Eastern / MLK Bryant Sunnylane Sooner Air Depot Midwest Blvd Douglas Post Westminster Anderson Hiwassee Henny Choctaw Indian Meridian Triple X Peebly Luther Dobbs Harrah Pottawatomie Western Santa Fe
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber PAC A Unified Voice for Oklahoma City’s Businesses One of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s primary goals is to improve Oklahoma’s business climate and foster economic development. The Greater OKC Chamber Political Action Committee was formed to aggressively pursue the election and re-election of candidates who take a stand for Oklahoma
City’s key economic development priorities. Since its founding in 2010, the Greater OKC Chamber PAC has strengthened the Chamber’s ability to advocate on behalf of the Oklahoma City business community by contributing $468,350 to help elect pro-business candidates. The Greater OKC Chamber PAC raised $115,875 during the most recent 2017-2018 election cycle. Given the historically high number of open seats created by term limits and resignations, the Chamber PAC was able to invest the resources necessary to make a record number of contributions to pro-business candidates competing in races in every region of Oklahoma. The Chamber PAC contributed a total of $130,000 to pro- business candidates competing in the 2017 and 2018 elections. During that specific cycle, the Greater OKC Chamber PAC made 100 contributions to candidates in state legislative and local races. Of these 100 contributions, 83 were made to successful candidates, giving the Chamber PAC an overall winning percentage
of 83 percent. This success rate demonstrates the strong influence the Chamber PAC has in electing pro-business candidates across the state who will be more likely to support the Chamber’s public policy agenda. The Greater OKC Chamber PAC’s strongly unified voice has a proven track record in making a substantial impact on the political direction of Oklahoma and exists to allow every business the opportunity to voice its support for pro-business candidates. You can be a part of this effort, in 2020 and beyond, by making a contribution to help the Chamber ensure a stronger economic climate by helping elect candidates who will support the Chamber’s public policy agenda at the state and local levels. For more information about the Greater OKC Chamber PAC or to make a contribution, visit www.okcchamber.com/PAC or contact Mark VanLandingham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-297-8925.
Governor Kevin Stitt 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 212 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2342 www.governor.ok.gov Mansion address: 820 NE 23rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73105-7999
Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 211 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2161 www.ok.gov/ltgovpinnell/
Oklahoma State Government Elections carried out by State Election Board www.ok.gov/elections (405) 521-2391 Oklahoma’s state government consists of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The executive offices are elected to four-year terms, except for members of the Corporation Commission, who are elected to staggered six- year terms.
Oklahoma’s bicameral legislature is composed of 48 State Senators and 101 State Representatives. The state is divided into nine Supreme Court judicial districts, with three judges elected every two years during the general elections.
State Agencies (Names of statewide elected officials included) Attorney General The Honorable Mike Hunter 313 NE 21st Street Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Department of Labor The Honorable Leslie Osborn, Commissioner 3017 N Stiles, Suite 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-6100 www.ok.gov/odol Department of Public Safety 3600 N Martin Luther King Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405) 425-2424 www.ok.gov/dps Department of Transportation 200 NE 21st St. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 522-8000 www.ok.gov/odot Employment Security Commission Will Rogers Memorial Bldg. 2401 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 557-7100 www.ok.gov/oesc Insurance Department The Honorable Glen Mulready Five Corporate Plaza Office of Management and Enterprise Services Will Rogers Building 2401 N. Lincoln Blvd. Rm. 118 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2141 https://omes.ok.gov Oklahoma Development Finance Authority 9220 N Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73131 (405) 848-9761 3625 NW 56th, Ste. 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 (405) 521-2828 www.ok.gov/oid
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment 204 N Robinson Ave., Suite 1010 Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 521-3921 www.oag.ok.gov
(405) 522-7099 www.ee.ok.gov
Auditor and Inspector The Honorable Cindy Byrd 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 123 Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Oklahoma Tax Commission Charles Prater, Chairman Conners Building, Capitol Complex 2501 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73194
(405) 521-3495 www.sai.ok.gov
(405) 521-3160 www.ok.gov/tax
Corporation Commission The Honorable Bob Anthony The Honorable Todd Hiett The Honorable Dana Murphy 2101 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-2211 www.occ.state.ok.us Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry 2800 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-3864 www.oda.state.ok.us Department of Commerce 900 N Stiles Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 (405) 815-6552 www.okcommerce.gov Department of Education The Honorable Joy Hofmeister 2500 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 521-3301 https://sde.ok.gov
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department 900 N Stiles Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104
1 (800) 652-6552 www.travelok.com
Secretary of State 421 NW 13th, Suite 210/220 Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 521-3912 www.sos.ok.gov
State Treasurer The Honorable Randy McDaniel 9520 N. May Ave, Lower Level Oklahoma City, OK 73120 (405) 521-3191 www.ok.gov/treasurer
Water Resources Board 3800 N Classen Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73118 (405) 530-8800 www.owrb.ok.gov
Workers’ Compensation Court of Existing Claims 1915 N Stiles Ave., Suite 127 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 522-8600 cec.ok.gov
Department of Health 1000 NE 10th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73117 (405) 271-5600 www.ok.gov/health
*names in bold are elected officials
Oklahoma State Senate
Capitol website: www.oklegislature.gov State Senate website: www.oksenate.gov Senate switchboard: (405) 524-0126 Fax (405) 521-5554 Send mail to: The Honorable (State Senator’s Name)
Oklahoma State Senate State Capitol Building 2300 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Treat, Greg (R-47) President Pro Tempore
Floyd, Kay (D-46) Democratic Leader
Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell President of the Senate
Allen, Mark (R-4) Room: 234; (405) 521-5576 email@example.com
Bergstrom, Micheal (R-1) Room: 426; (405) 521-5561 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bice, Stephanie (R-22) Room: 232; (405) 521-5592 email@example.com
Boggs, Larry (R-7) Room: 530; (405) 521-5604 firstname.lastname@example.org
Boren, Mary (D-16) Room: 514; (405) 521-5553 email@example.com
Brooks, Michael (D-44) Room: 513; (405) 521-5557 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bullard, David (R-6) Room: 443; (405) 521-5586 email@example.com
Coleman, Bill (R-10) Room: 432 (405) 521-5581 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Daniels, Julie (R-29) Room: 415; (405) 521-5634 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Howard, Brent (R-38) Room: 536; (405) 521-5612 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ikley-Freeman, Allison (D-37) Room: 524; (405) 521-5600 Ikley-Freeman@oksenate.gov
Jech, Darcy (R-26) Room: 417; (405) 521-5545 email@example.com
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Paxton, Lonnie (R-23) Room: 238; (405) 521-5537 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pemberton, Dewayne (R-9) Room: 429; (405) 521-5533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pugh, Adam (R-41) Room: 528; (405) 521-5622 email@example.com
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