The State Chamber recognizes three legislators at Public Affairs Forum


The State Chamber recognizes three legislators at Public Affairs Forum

Senator Brent Howard

The State Chamber announced Altus area Sen. Brent Howard (R-38) as the recipient for The State Chamber’s 2021 Guardian of Free Enterprise award at the 2021 Public Affairs Forum.  

Sen. Brent Howard and Rep. Gerrid Kendrix authored SB 155, requiring the Supreme Court to maintain a public docket of cases on its website. This bill put the judicial branch under the same notice requirements the executive and legislative branches have to abide by. This also put the state supreme court in line with the same standards exercised by the U.S. Supreme Court.  

“Sen. Howard also set out to establish a formal process, mirroring that used by the U.S. Supreme Court, with the filing of SB 957,” said Chad Warmington, president and CEO of The State Chamber. “Although this measure was held up in the House, The State Chamber will be cheerleading it again in 2022. We congratulate him on all he accomplished in the 2021 Legislative session,” Warmington added.   


Representative Kyle Hilbert

The State Chamber announced Bristow area Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R-29) as the recipient for The State Chamber’s 2021 Guardian of Free Enterprise award at the 2021 Public Affairs Forum.  

Rep. Hilbert served in a pivotal role for the business community this past session on a variety of legislative issues. As vice chair of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, Rep. Hilbert had a hand in crafting a state budget that provided tax relief to individuals and businesses and provided surplus revenue for state savings.  

“Rep. Hilbert led the charge on education reforms that will have lasting impacts on Oklahoma students and the future workforce,” said Chad Warmington, president and CEO of The State Chamber. “We congratulate him on all he accomplished in the 2021 Legislative session,” Warmington added. 

 


Representative Gerrid Kendrix

The State Chamber announced Altus area Rep. Gerrid Kendrix (R-52) as the recipient for The State Chamber’s 2021 Rising Star award at the 2021 Public Affairs Forum. 

 
During his first term in office, Rep. Kendrix championed judicial reform measures on behalf of the business community. Through his efforts, the Oklahoma Supreme Court must maintain more transparency over its docket of cases providing the public and the business community awareness of judicial branch activities. In his freshman term, he authored legislation that increases transparency of government operations.  
 
“His positions on a variety of House committees ensures a voice for business is well represented,” said Chad Warmington, president and CEO of The State Chamber.  “We congratulate him on all he accomplished in the 2021 Legislative session and thank him for his hard work and dedication to free enterprise solutions,” Warmington added.