Frankly Speaking

Protecting Yourself from the Coronavirus

Mar 6, 2020

While the coronavirus has sparked worry within our communities, as parents begin to think about the possibility of schools closing and producers begin to stress about the decrease of commodity prices, you shouldn’t panic just yet. 

Thanks to our country’s public health care leaders, the White House, and a small part played by Congress, we are well-positioned to safeguard both the health and financial well-being of our nation. 

Filed under: Health Care

Oklahoma Agriculture Is Witnessing Real Results

Feb 5, 2020

Oklahoma’s agriculture producers know that farming and ranching comes with a unique set of challenges and an exorbitant amount of risk.  Our farmers and ranchers rise day in and day out to feed our families, clothe our communities, and fuel our rural economies. 

Every Oklahoman can agree, it takes a very special person, supported by a very strong family, to be willing to take the risks that are associated with being a producer.  

Filed under: Agriculture

While Democrats Deliver Impeachment for Christmas, Congress Should Be Delivering Bipartisan Results

Dec 20, 2019

Congress has long been a revered institution within the federal government. Enacting historic programs benefitting America’s farmers and rural families to passing sweeping reforms that enabled growth and prosperity for all Americans, Congress has a storied past for its work providing for the American people.

Unfortunately, the business accomplished by the Democratic leadership in the 116th Congress pales in comparison to other congressional sessions.

Oklahoma agriculture wins in Japan Trade Agreement

Oct 11, 2019

Amid the constant buzz of partisan politics in Washington, D.C. surrounding impeachment talk, the government’s role in an individual’s health care system, and the continued fight to address the immigration crisis at the Southern Border, there is one thing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are praising- the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.

Filed under: Agriculture

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