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A look into the future of T.W. Shannon

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LAWTON, Okla._After a disappointing loss this week in the election for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, former Oklahoma House Speaker, T.W. Shannon of Lawton says despite his loss, his time on the campaign trail was a great experience.

Shannon said it was great getting to meet Oklahomans from all walks of life and from all over the state, an experience he and his family won't forget. But now since he won't be holding an elected office in the near future, the big question is where does he go from here?

Shannon didn't really want to talk about what's next for his political future, but instead about his campaign and what he accomplished while in office. He said even though he came up short in the race, he still got the chance to talk about issues that are important to him. He says there are far worse things in the world than losing an election. And now he's excited to be spending a lot of time with his family.

"We haven't discussed exactly what will be next, you know? I've spent the last couple of days catching up on Uno and Old Maid and playing video games with my son. We'll continue doing that and we'll take the next thirty days and do a lot of praying and re-evaluating about what we expect over the next couple of years," said Shannon.

Looking back on his time as speaker, Shannon says one of his proudest accomplishments was passing and authoring workers’ compensation reform.

"It was something we dealt with in Oklahoma for almost thirty years with a broken system that didn't incentivize injured workers to go back to work, that actually slowed down the process for them," said Shannon.

And also welfare reform, which requires welfare recipients to work at least twenty hours a week.

"I believe the best social program in the world is a good paying job and we should be incentivizing people to work, not disincentivizing," said Shannon.

Shannon says he was able to keep his commitment as speaker to not let Oklahoma go down the path of Washington D.C.

"I'm very proud we didn't. We lowered our debt. We focused on the priorities. We didn't borrow more money than we could afford, in fact we didn't borrow any money while I was speaker. We prioritized education,” said Shannon.

Shannon says he's not planning on running for another office right now, but says he also wasn't planning on running for Speaker or the U.S. Senate, so he'll have to wait and see what the future holds.

"What I do know is this, in the fight for liberty you don't have to be an elected official. I will always be involved at some level fighting for conservative principals and helping grow Oklahoma's economy in some form or fashion," said Shannon.

Shannon says he thanks his enthusiastic volunteers and supporters from across the state for helping him even though he was the underdog in this campaign.

Shannon says he's putting his full support behind the Republican primary winner, Congressman James Lankford. He said he will do everything he can to help him win the U.S. Senate seat in November.


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