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Sen. David Holt and Rep. Mike Sanders dedicate Oklahoma bridge name with President George W. Bush

: From left, state Rep. Mike Sanders of Kingfisher, former President George W. Bush, and MidCity state Senator David Holt meet in Dallas, where the pair of state legislators presented a commemorative sign from the bridge across the Red River that now bears Bush's name. Photo Provided

Staff Report

Sen. David Holt of Oklahoma City and Rep. Mike Sanders of Kingfisher have dedicated the “President George W. Bush Bridge” with the former President in his office in Dallas, TX.

The legislators presented Bush with a replica of the sign placed recently at the southbound Interstate Bridge over the Red River. The Oklahoma Legislature approved the naming in 2011.

“Oklahomans remain grateful for President Bush’s courage and we are glad that we had this opportunity to communicate that personally,” said Sen. Holt.

“We were deeply honored to represent the people of Oklahoma today, and President Bush definitely appreciated it very much,” said Rep. Sanders.

In 2011, Sen. Holt authored Senate Bill 304, for which Rep. Sanders served as the author in the Oklahoma House.

The bill named the southbound Interstate-44 Bridge over the Red River the “President George W. Bush Bridge.” The bill passed the Legislature with wide bipartisan support and was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on May 2, 2011.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation placed a sign on the bridge two weeks ago.

Holt, whose district is based in northwest Oklahoma City and the near-west side, served in the White House of President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2004 and coordinated the President’s Oklahoma re-election efforts in 2004.

Rep. Sanders served President Bush during his 2000 campaign, then in the White House, and then finally in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

President George W. Bush won Oklahoma with over 60 percent of the vote in 2000, and won every one of Oklahoma’s 77 counties in his 2004 re-election.

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