The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 5, 2014

Hickman seeking 2-year term as Oklahoma speaker

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — New Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman is seeking to solidify a new two-year term as the leader of the House and rebuff a challenge from a four-term state representative from Guthrie.

The 72-member House Republican caucus will meet behind closed doors at 11 a.m. Monday to select either Hickman or Guthrie Republican Jason Murphey as the speaker-designate for the upcoming two-year legislative session that begins next year.

Murphey is the only GOP member challenging Hickman, a Fairview Republican who won an election as speaker earlier this year after former Speaker T.W. Shannon stepped down to focus on his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Murphey was a Shannon loyalist who backed Hickman’s opponent in the race for speaker after Shannon stepped down.