Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Mike Schulz on Thursday announced his appointment of Sen. AJ Griffin as chair of the Senate Rural Caucus.
The Rural Caucus chair is a member of Senate Leadership. Sen. Ron Justice, who left the Senate in 2016 due to term limits, served as chair of the Rural Caucus for 12 years.
“Oklahoma is a great state, and the cities and towns of rural Oklahoma have a lot of assets and resources to offer to help the entire state grow and prosper. Rural Oklahoma faces unique issues, and members of the Rural Caucus do a great job advocating on behalf of their citizens on issues like property rights, agricultural regulations, and natural resource conservation,” said Schulz, R-Altus.
“Throughout her time in the Senate, AJ Griffin has proven herself as insightful. She has a tremendous understanding and appreciation for rural Oklahoma and she’ll do an outstanding job representing its interests as chair of the Rural Caucus,” Schulz said.
Griffin will also serve as the chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services in the 56th Legislature. Representing Kingfisher, Logan, Nobel and Pawnee Counties, Griffin grew up on a family farm in Adair, Oklahoma, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University before graduating with a master’s from the University of Central Oklahoma. Griffin and husband Trey are the parents of two daughters, Alexandra and Reagan.
“I’m excited and honored to serve as chair of the Rural Caucus. I’m ready to get to work on long-term solutions that will help rural Oklahoma grow and thrive,” said Griffin, R-Guthrie.