Frankly Speaking

Why the 2020 Census is important to Oklahoma

May 10, 2019

Shortly after the inauguration of the United States’ first president in New York City, the First United States Congress signed the Census Act of 1790.

Oklahoma biosciences spurs innovation in agriculture industry

Mar 29, 2019

In 1798, Thomas Malthus theorized that the Earth’s population would far outpace its agricultural production, causing the human race to face an epidemic and undeniable catastrophe.  The “Malthusian Catastrophe”, is a theory that continues to be defied by mankind and our capacity for scientific and technological innovation.

Filed under: Agriculture

Oklahoma’s career and technical education is building a better tomorrow

Mar 1, 2019

The beginning of March marks the end of Career and Technical Education Month across the United States. Such end marks another occasion to celebrate the endless opportunities that Oklahoma’s CareerTech System provides for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans.

For years, employers expressed concern about filling manufacturing and technical jobs. The need for a workforce who would become our nation’s mechanics, engineers, and other skilled laborers became a greater urgency pushing states to adopt programs rising to meet the nation’s challenges.

The Centennial of America’s Entrance into WWI

Nov 9, 2017

Veterans Day is an important moment for us to reflect on and cherish our family, friends, and neighbors who answered the call to serve our country. This year is unique in that it marks the 100th anniversary of the first unit of American combat troops to arrive in France during World War I.

Experiencing the Great American Eclipse

Aug 14, 2017


August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse US map (Courtesy of NASA)

Taking Back our Economy with Made in America Products

Jul 20, 2017

In our country we are fortunate to have some of the most innovative and hardworking businesses in the world. Products manufactured in America often surpass the quality and reliability of any competitor worldwide. I believe it’s important that we recognize the individuals who take risks to pursue their vision which is why I was honored to be invited to join the White House Made in America Product Showcase and Roundtable this week.

Filed under: Economy

Restoring The EPA’s Credibility

Mar 30, 2017

With the confirmation of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Trump administration has demonstrated a bold commitment to unwinding the regulatory regime of the past eight years.

Tackling Government Overregulation

Feb 15, 2017

When I talk to many of the farmers, ranchers, and business owners in the Third District, the number one concern I hear about is government red tape. Whether it’s EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule that placed confusing restrictions on what individuals can do with their private property or the arbitrary requirements Obamacare forces on employers, these rules and regulations accumulate into one major headache for folks trying to make a living.

In the past eight years the federal government has provided little relief under former President Obama.

Tinker and Oklahoma’s Legacy of Service

Nov 11, 2016

“An Osage leader is never at the back of his band of warriors” – Dr. James Crowder, historian at Tinker Air Force Base

President Obama’s Final 100 Days in Office

Nov 1, 2016

Abraham Lincoln once commented, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters.”

With two of the most unpopular candidates in recent memory, Lincoln’s observation is fitting.

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