OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)- Oklahoma state Rep. David Brumbaugh died Saturday evening
"Representative Brumbaugh was a fair and dedicated public servant. He was a hard-working member of the House of Representatives, where he served as caucus chairman of House Republicans and as vice chairman of the House Appropriation and Budget Committee's subcommittee on general government. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this difficult time," said Governor Mary Fallin.
The House honored the late Rep. David Brumbaugh on the House Floor. The House placed a folded United States flag on Brumbaugh's desk and draped an Oklahoma flag across his empty chair. Brumbaugh was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army's legendary 101st Airborne Division.
"One of the greatest honors of serving in the Legislature is getting to work with men and women from all across Oklahoma who truly have the best interests of our state in mind," said House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka. "David was a serious lawmaker, and he really believed in the work he was doing on behalf of his constituents. He was one of the kindest and most sincere men I have ever known. He had many friends on both sides of the aisle and most who knew him held a deep respect for him inside and outside the Capitol. Every member of the House and our staff will miss him, and our prayers are with his sweet wife, Shelley, and his two daughters who are hurting deeply."
Brumbaugh had served House District 76 since 2010. His legislative career was marked by a desire to protect the unborn and reduce the number of abortions in Oklahoma and a passion for reducing bureaucracy and waste in government spending. He was also a noted champion of protecting the state's investments in roads and bridges, and was a reliable vote for legislation that incentivized economic growth, particularly in the energy industry.