State Sen. Ralph Shortey (R-Oklahoma City) issued the following statement on the passing of state Rep. Rusty Farley.
“The Legislature and southeastern Oklahoma has experienced a terrible loss with the passing of Rep. Farley. I was so fortunate to get to work closely with him this session and get to know him not only as a respected colleague, but also as a trusted friend. We became very close and I will miss him dearly.
“Rep. Farley was a true southern gentleman, a wonderful family man, a loyal friend, and a man who stood by his principles. I want to send my condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.”