AP NEWS

House Democrats pick Norman attorney to lead minority caucus

November 15, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have elected a 32-year-old Norman attorney to lead the minority caucus for the next two years.

House Democrats chose Rep. Emily Virgin over Oklahoma City Rep. Jason Dunnington during a closed-door meeting of the 25-member caucus on Thursday. All of the 101 newly elected House members were sworn into office Thursday.

The need for a new Democratic leader emerged after five-term state Rep. Steve Kouplen lost his re-election bid for his seat in rural northeastern Oklahoma. His loss is part of a trend of Democrats losing rural seats while winning more often in urban and suburban areas.

Sen. Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City has been selected to lead Senate Democrats.

AP RADIO
Update hourly