The State Senate adopted a resolution on Wednesday honoring the public career of former State Senator Bryce Baggett, who passed away on February 15. Baggett served in the State House of Representatives from 1958 through 1964, and in the State Senate from 1964 through 1972. State Sen. Clark Jolley is principal author of the resolution. Jolley represents District 41, the same district Baggett once represented.
“Senator Baggett served his constituents with dedication and integrity,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “Fellow members relied on his expertise, particularly with legislation on taxes and education. He served his district and this state with distinction.”
Baggett is credited as being the guiding force in mandating kindergarten in Oklahoma public schools. While in the Senate, he chaired the Constitutional Revision and Regulatory Service Committee. In 1968, he was appointed to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. In 1980, he served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
A memorial for Senator Baggett was held later in the afternoon in Oklahoma City.