Sen. Mark Allen has officially begun his second term after being sworn in during a special oath of office ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday.
“I am honored to be able to continue my service in the Senate on behalf of the citizens of District 4,” Allen said. “Four years ago, Oklahoma’s economy was still suffering from the effects of the national recession. We worked hard to create new jobs, attract new businesses and help promote policies that encouraged existing companies to grow. The bottom line is that our economy is thriving now — and I look forward to building on that success in the next four years.”
Allen, a Republican from Spiro, served on several key committees in the 54th Legislature: Agriculture and Rural Development, the Appropriation Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation, Insurance, Judiciary, and as Vice Chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
Sen. Allen is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma, other than a two-year period serving his country as a U.S. Navy Seabee. Allen and his wife Nikki own and operate Allen Rathole, an oilfield services business.
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman said he was very pleased that Allen was returning to the chamber for another term.
“Senator Allen has been an important part of our caucus as we worked to create an agenda that would move Oklahoma forward. Thanks to his efforts, we’ve built an excellent foundation, giving us the opportunity to accomplish even more on behalf of the citizens of our state in the next four years,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa.
The Senate will hold a one-day organizational meeting January 6, and the 2015 session will formally get under way February 2.