The Oklahoma House Republican caucus meets today to elect the Speaker-designate for the 2017-2018 legislative term. The leading candidates are Earl Sears of Bartlesville and Charles McCall of Atoka.
Sears, aged 63, is finishing his fifth term and was first elected in 2006. He is currently the Chairman of the Appropriations & Budget Committee. Sears is a retired educator.
McCall, aged 46, is finishing his second term as a legislator, having first been elected in 2012. McCall was mayor of Atoka from 2005 until his election to the state house. He is also the CEO of AmeriState Bank in Atoka.