By Patrick B. McGuigan
Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Stephanie Bice has garnered an important endorsement early in her campaign for U.S. Congress.
In a statement Bice said, “I am thrilled to have the hardworking men and women of the AOGC endorse my campaign for Congressional District 5. Construction employment in Oklahoma is at an all-time high, growing at more than 5 percent per year. It’s a clear sign that our state’s economy is strong and investment continues.”
Tim Duit, President of TTK Construction, a company headquartered in CD 5, said: “During some tough budget years Senator Bice helped make sure we stayed on track in fixing our state’s roads and bridges. This is why I am proud to support her candidacy for Congress.”
Jeff Allen, CEO of Allen Contracting, also headquartered in CD 5, commented: “Senator Bice is one of the only leaders to actually come out and tour our job sites. I found her willingness to learn and help refreshing. I am happy to support her bid to represent us in the 5th District.”
According to Bice, “The work of AOGC members to improve and preserve Oklahoma’s infrastructure continues to drive economic growth in our state.”
Senator Bice’s state Senate District 22 includes parts of northwest Oklahoma City, some of Edmond, and the cities of Yukon and Piedmont. Bice is the Assistant Majority Floor leader and runs the Senate Finance Committee.
Bice guided to passage Senate Bill 1269, a bipartisan measure to assure retroactive implementation of provisions in State Question 780. That voter-approved measure allows individuals convicted of simple possession of small quantities of drugs to apply for their records to be expunged. She joined House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City) and state Rep. Jason Dunnington (D-Oklahoma City) in a mid-May media availability in the state Capitol press room to detail the important reform.
Bice is probably best known for championing liquor law reforms (the most significant since repeal of state-level prohibition in 1959). Analysts have credited the law with expansions of local breweries and distilleries, with some projecting as many as 5,000 jobs flowing form the new laws. She worked meticulously on the legislation during her first term in the Legislature.
The Bice legislation has allowed consumers to purchase wine and beer in grocery stores for the first time in state history.
In the 2019 legislative session, Bice pressed for more stringent budgeting, working with Gov. Kevin Stitt and members of the majority caucus to enact reforms.
To control state spending, as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Bice led the effort to require legislative approval of line-item budgets for Oklahoma’s largest state agencies. An Oklahoma State University graduate, she worke din a family technology business and helped guide a digital marketing company as a vice president. In the Legislature, she has garnered high marks from a wide range of conservative and free market groups.
NOTE: Pat McGuigan is founder of CapitolBeatOK.com, and publisher/editor of The City Sentinel newspaper.