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February 20, 2014

Norman senator tapped to lead Senate Democrats

OKLAHOMA CITY — Norman state Sen. John Sparks has been selected to lead the Senate Democrats after the 2014 elections.

The 12 Senate Democrats selected Sparks this week as the caucus’ leader-elect. He will succeed Sen. Sean Burrage of Claremore, who is not seeking re-election.

Among Sparks’ first order of business is to try and keep his caucus from getting any smaller. Burrage is among four Senate Democrats who have said they won’t seek re-election in the fall, and it will be a challenge for Democrats to keep control of all those seats.

Sparks said despite being outnumbered 36-12, Democrats provide contrast to the Republican majority and “shine light on the dark spaces.”

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