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Oklahoma House of Representatives selects new speaker

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._The 72 Republicans in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have selected 40-year-old state Rep. Jeff Hickman of Fairview as the new Speaker of the House.

The Republican caucus met Monday morning behind closed doors and selected Hickman using a secret ballot. Hickman previously served as speaker pro tem, the second highest position in the House after losing to Shannon by a small margin. The speaker's post has been available since last week when T.W. Shannon stepped down to focus on his U.S. Senate race.

The full House of Representatives is scheduled to convene at 1:30 p.m. to formally elect Hickman to the post. That vote is considered a formality since Republicans control the House.

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