OKLAHOMA CITY —
Republicans enjoy a 72-29 advantage in the House.
Both Jackson and Nelson said House Republicans remain unified and that if a new speaker were elected, they expect a smooth transition since the members have already met and developed their agenda.
“I completely agree that if something like that were to occur ... you always want that smooth transition,” Jackson said.
Shannon was formally elected Speaker of the House at the start of the 2013 legislative session, making him both the youngest and first African-American speaker in state history.
Coburn sent shock waves through Oklahoma’s political landscape when he announced last week he was stepping down with two years left on his term. Within days, two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond announced he would run for the seat, setting up a vacancy in the 5th District U.S. House seat and setting in motion another series of candidacy announcements.