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Shannon set to be formally elected Okla. speaker

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Lawton Republican Rep. T.W. Shannon is set to be formally elected as Oklahoma's first black Speaker of the House.

Currently the speaker-elect, Shannon is expected to be approved when the Legislature meets Tuesday for its annual organizational day. The new 72-member strong House Republican caucus already has voted unanimously to elect Shannon as speaker, and Tuesday's vote is a formality. Enid Rep. Mike Jackson is slated to be approved as the speaker pro tem, while House Democrats are expected to retain Del City Rep. Scott Inman as their minority leader.

On the Senate side, Sapulpa Republican Sen. Brian Bingman is scheduled to be voted into another term as Senate president pro tem, while Claremore Democratic Sen. Sean Burrage is set to serve again as Senate minority leader.

Shannon also met Tuesday with injured soldiers from Fort Sill's Warrior Transition Unit.

The 10 soldiers were touring the state Capitol Tuesday. The Warrior Transition Unit helps soldiers who are wounded, injured or ill transition from the military to civilian life. Some of the soldiers had expressed an interest in pursuing a career in politics.

Shannon represents Lawton, where the Fort Sill Army Post is located. He thanked the soldiers for their service and then posed for pictures with the soldiers in the House rotunda.

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