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March 15, 2014

Rep. Cole to address Norman Kiwanis Club

NORMAN — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole will be the noon luncheon speaker at the Norman Kiwanis Club on Tuesday.

The club meets in the First Christian Church second floor Fellowship Hall, 220 S. Webster Ave. in Norman. Cost of the luncheon is $10. To make reservations, call Marcy Leonard at 360-7999.

Congressman Cole has a significant background of service to his home state of Oklahoma. He has served as the State Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, District Director to former Congressman Mickey Edwards, a member of the Oklahoma State Senate, and as Oklahoma’s Secretary of State.

In this capacity he served as former Gov. Frank Keating’s chief legislative strategist and liaison to the state’s federal delegation. Keating tapped Cole to lead Oklahoma’s successful effort to secure federal funds to assist in the rebuilding of Oklahoma City in the wake of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

He is widely regarded as one of the GOP’s top political strategists. He served as executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 1992 cycle. He also served as the Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee during the 2000 cycle in which Republicans won the presidency, the Senate and the House for the first time in 48 years. In the 2008 cycle, Cole served as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Cole is a founding partner and past president of CHS & Associates, a nationally recognized political consulting and survey research firm based in Oklahoma City. The firm has been named one of the top 20 in its field and has literally dozens of past and current clients scattered across the country.

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