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House Speaker T.W. Shannon steps down to concentrate on bid for U.S. Senate

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OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker T.W. Shannon has officially stepped down Tuesday.

He said the move is so he can concentrate on his bid for Sen. Tom Coburn’s seat after he retires early.

“The people of Oklahoma deserve a leader who is 100 percent dedicated to solving the challenging issues that face our state,” Speaker Shannon said. “I am stepping aside so a new Speaker can be fully devoted to the business of the state, as I turn my attention to solving the problems that face our country.”

Shannon said his resignation is effective noon Tuesday.

“I, for now, plan to continue serving as a member of the House to represent the good people of Lawton and District 62,” Shannon said. “In that capacity, I will continue advocating for lower taxes, more efficient government, and a pay-as-you-go approach instead of adding more debt to future generations.”