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September 19, 2013

We can all use a little more Will Rogers

WASHINGTON D.C. —

It’s quite an honor in Congress to represent the home county of the great Will Rogers. 
His words, “I’m just an old country boy in a big town trying to get along,” resonate with me because I am just a country boy raised on a farm in rural Adair County. 
Today I have the honor of walking the halls of the U.S. Capitol, adding my small footsteps to those of great men and women who came before me.
Will Rogers’ legacy to the world is a philosopher, aviator, actor and comedian, among other things. For Oklahomans, there is a deeper legacy - one that we still see today.
The generosity of our communities:  The tragic storms in Moore and elsewhere showed the nation and the world the generous nature of Oklahomans. 
Without a second thought, neighbor will help a neighbor or a stranger in a time of need. We have seen it time after time through tornadoes, ice storms, floods and even earthquakes. Will Rogers was known for his generosity and charity. 
I think he would be quite proud of what has come to be known as the “Oklahoma Standard.”
Rolling up our sleeves: Will Rogers said, “America is a land of opportunity and don’t ever forget it.” Oklahoma is a land of opportunity. When we see a problem we roll up our sleeves and find solutions. 
Our state is part of the global economy and leading the way in certain types of manufacturing and energy production. Our port system helps move goods throughout the country and the world. We are innovators.
Never knowing a stranger: During his lifetime, Will Rogers was known as an approachable, down-to-earth man. He was an ambassador of what still today makes Oklahoma a great place to live, work and raise a family. We are a friendly state. 

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