A bill naming the southbound I-44 Bridge over the Red River in honor of President George W. Bush is on its way to Gov. Mary Fallin for consideration. On Monday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in approval of Senate Bill 304. Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, is principal author of the measure.
“President Bush led our nation with courage, and I am pleased that our Legislature has given its approval to this legislation,” Holt said. “Oklahoma has always had a strong relationship with President Bush, and naming this bridge that connects our states is a fitting tribute.”
Holt served in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs under President Bush from 2002 to 2004.
State Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, authored the legislation in the House. He said that having worked on the president’s 2000 campaign and having served in the Bush administration, he was honored to carry the bill.
“It was an honor to serve an American president who oversaw such a difficult period in our history. President Bush oversaw two wars against global terrorism, passed sweeping tax cuts and tax code revisions and was a committed supporter of traditional values,” Sanders said. “I think the majority of our state’s residents would be proud to recognize him and our part in his election.”
Sanders served as a national volunteer and intern coordinator on the 2000 presidential campaign. He served as the Director of Interns at the White House and as the United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Chief of Staff for Rural Development and Senior Advisor for Natural Resources and Conservation Service.
SB 304 will now be sent to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature.