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Senator Merrick takes oath, begins service

Sen. Merrick Oath of Office Ceremony audio

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Jake Merrick, R-Yukon, is officially on the job after taking the oath of office in a ceremony held on Wednesday at the state Capitol.  Family, friends and fellow members joined Merrick in the Senate chamber as Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Darby administered the oath.

Merrick, an ordained minister and business owner, was elected to complete the unexpired term of the Senate District 22 seat in a special election held last Tuesday.  The seat was previously held by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Bice.

“I’m so full of thanks and humbled to be elected to this position to serve, not only District 22, but the state of Oklahoma—so honored and humbled to be part of this group here of men and women I believe all of whom lead with integrity, lead with conviction.  I look forward to learning so much from you,” said Merrick who also thanked his supporters and friends who attended the ceremony.  “I know that I would not be here if it wasn’t for you, for your vote, for your support and most especially, for your prayers.  We give all glory to God.” 

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat welcomed Merrick to the Senate.

“Senate Republicans are focused on conservative, free-market solutions that empower individuals to reach their full potential,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.  “We are excited to have Jake Merrick join us in that effort as the newest member of the Senate Republican Caucus.”

A brief reception was held following the ceremony, then Merrick took his seat in the Senate chamber as the session convened.

Contact info

For more information, contact Sen. Jake Merrick at 405-521-5592 or email