Lepak honored

State Rep. Mark Lepak, center, receives the State Chamber of Oklahoma’s “OK2030 Visionary” Award from Chamber Chairman Mark Funke, left, and Chamber President and CEO Fred Morgan, right, during the organization’s annual Public Affairs Forum in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY - State Rep. Mark Lepak was one of five lawmakers who received an award from the State Chamber of Oklahoma last week at the Chamber’s annual Public Affairs Forum in Oklahoma City.

Rep. Lepak was presented with the State Chamber’s “OK2030 Visionary” Award for his efforts to reform state government. Lepak’s efforts aligned with the goals of the Chamber’s OK2030 plan, a long-term effort to improve Oklahoma’s rankings in a variety of areas, including education, healthcare, infrastructure and workforce development by the year 2030.

During the 2018 legislative session, Lepak filed numerous measures designed to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability by giving more responsibility to the governor over the executive branch, reducing the number of statewide elected officials and creating a “joint ticket” for the governor and lieutenant governor on the ballot.

“I am honored to be recognized for my efforts to make our state government more efficient and effective, and I fully intend to continue developing solutions that increase accountability and reduce waste,” said Lepak, R-Claremore. “We have an obligation to taxpayers to use their taxes wisely, and an obligation to citizens to ensure their government works on their behalf.”