On Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007, Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, was elected as Co-President
Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate for the 51st Legislature. Coffee was also elected to serve as the first Republican President Pro Tempore for the month of July, 2007.
Coffee commented on the historic agreement between the Republican and Democrat caucuses to share power as a result of the 24-24 tie within the Oklahoma State Senate:
“All of us who participated in the development of the power-sharing agreement recognize that there are only two options available to us. One is a very ugly, messy process that would have made today look like a circus. The other is one that all of you will be honored and recognized for your statesmanship. I believe the latter will be the story that’s written about the 51st Legislature when it is all done – that you rose above yourselves and did great things for the state of Oklahoma. I look forward to working with each of you to make that happen,” Coffee stated.
“The State Senate is a place of ideas. It always has been, I hope that it always will be. We have a unique opportunity to find common ground and work together on innovative ideas to move our state forward,” he said.