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December 4, 2012

Martin to chair key House panel

NORMAN — State Rep. Scott Martin on Monday was named chairman of the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee for the 54th Legislature which begins in February.

Incoming House Speaker T.W. Shannon tapped Martin, R-Norman, on Monday during his first round of appointments to key leadership posts, according to a news release from Shannon's office.

Martin currently serves as the vice-chair of the Appropriations and Budget Committee. He was first elected to the District 46 post in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

“Chairing the Budget Committee is probably one of the toughest jobs in the House, but I’m up to the task,” Martin said. “You don’t make a lot of friends when you have to tell people ‘no’, but taking care of our tax dollars means we have to say ‘no’ to a lot of spending items. 

“Considering all the uncertainty we are seeing with the federal budget, this could prove to be a difficult year for our budget here in Oklahoma,” he said. “I’m honored to have this position, and I will work hard every day to watch over our tax dollars.”

OU President David L. Boren had high praise for Martin.

“The selection of Scott Martin to be chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee is great news for Norman and the University of Oklahoma. He has a deep understanding of the connection between high standards in higher education, including the growth of university research, and the building of the state’s economic future,” Boren said. “His selection is good news not only for Norman but the entire state.” 

Former State Rep. Bill Nations would have been Speaker Pro-Tem had the Democrats held the house. He congratulated Martin, noting he may have achieved the highest ranking of any House member from Cleveland County.

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