OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Terry O’Donnell was re-appointed Majority Whip for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for the 57th Legislature, which includes 2019 and 2020.
O’Donnell has served in this position since 2017.
As Majority Whip, O’Donnell supervises a team of deputy whips for the House Republican Caucus, which now contains 77 representatives. The job of the whip is to maintain communication between the leadership of the party and its members, marshal support for party positions on the floor, count votes on key legislation, persuade wavering members to vote for the party position, and help orient and acclimate new members to the state Legislature.
“Voters gave Oklahoma Republicans the largest majority in state history in the House of Representatives in the November election,” said O’Donnell, R-Catoosa. “This shows us that conservative values such as growing our economy, protecting taxpayer dollars and making government run as efficiently as possible are at the forefront of voters’ minds. It will be my job to work closely with House leadership to preserve these values and to communicate them to all House Republicans. In particular, I will work with the 37 new Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol to ensure they are quickly acclimated to the legislative process and to help them become as effective as possible.”
O’Donnell, a Tulsa attorney, previously served as chair of the House Special Committee as well as on the Appropriations and Budget Committee, the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget, Judiciary, Rules and Transportation Committees.
He also previously served as vice chair of the House Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee and as vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee.