State Sen. J. Berry Harrison (D-Fairfax) was honored by his fellow members of the Oklahoma State Senate on Tuesday. Harrison, who is completing his sixteenth year in the Senate, will be leaving the district 10 post due to term limits.
Harrison listened as lawmakers praised the farmer/rancher for his many years of service in the Senate, as well as his quiet, modest approach to politics. As members rose to speak about Harrison, the respect and admiration he has garnered from members of both political parties was a common theme. As many would go on to note, Harrison will leave the Senate remembered as one of its most well-liked members.
“As I’m certain all of our members would say, it has been a pleasure to have served with Senator Harrison,” said Senate Pro Tempore Mike Morgan (D-Stillwater). “His warmth and good humor will be greatly missed in the Senate, and he will certainly be remembered not only as a fine public servant but also as one of the finest men we know.”
As a token of gratitude, Morgan presented Harrison with a commemorative microphone and voting board from his senate floor desk, marking his 16 years of service to the state and his constituents.
Sen. David Myers (R-Ponca City) added that Harrison’s reputation both as a public servant and a man of integrity is well known throughout Northern Oklahoma. “As I prepared to run for office, it didn’t take long for me to learn that no one in the state is as loved by people on both sides of the aisle and everyone in our area of the state recognizes him and knows he’s a great man,” Myers said.
Thanking the members, Harrison referred to his Senate tenure as one of the great honors of his life.
“One of the great things about this job is actually the people you meet and the relationships you develop over time,” said Harrison. “It’s really been one of the highlights of my life and I can’t begin to tell you what an honor it has been to serve and how many great memories I will take with me.”