Monday, February 12, 2024

Senate GOP caucus elects McCortney as Pro Tem Designee

State Sen. Greg McCortney came out on top in the internal Senate GOP vote to determine the presumptive Senate President Pro Tem for next term (NonDoc rundown of the vote here). Handpicked by outgoing Pro Tem Greg Treat, he was the most moderate of the senators vying for the job.

Pro Tem Treat Announces Sen. McCortney as Pro Tem Designee

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, today announced the Senate Republican Caucus convened and voted for Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, to be the Pro Tem Designee after Pro Tem Treat terms out of office in November of this year. 

Pro Tem Treat was elected in a special election in 2011 to represent District 47. He has been the leader of the Senate since 2019 and was re-elected Senate President Pro Tem in 2021 and 2023.

“I am proud of my time as a Senator and for my time as the leader of the Oklahoma Senate,” Pro Tem Treat said. “It has been an honor of a lifetime to serve in this position and something I will never forget or take for granted. We’ve been able to achieve a lot of things in my time as pro tem including constitutional carry; protecting women’s sports; creating LOFT as the legislative watchdog; landmark school choice; unprecedented investment in public education; ending abortion on demand; creating record savings; and, ending the Developmental Disabilities Services Waiting List – just to name a few. I still have a lot that I want to accomplish as I attempt to finish strong. I’m pleased that our caucus choose Senator McCortney as the Pro Tem Designee and I’ll continue to work closely with him to help him prepare for this role. I am forever grateful that former Pro Tem Mike Schulz set a great example and did that for me.

“No one is better fit to serve in this role than my friend Sen. Greg McCortney. I have entrusted him with many things as a member of my leadership team, and he has proven himself an effective leader and can navigate difficult political waters. Sen. McCortney has been a trusted confidant and someone I consider a true friend.”

Born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma, Sen. McCortney is a third generation Oklahoman. He was elected to the Senate in 2016. In 2021, Sen. McCortney was appointed Majority Floor Leader, the second-highest leadership position in the Senate. As Majority Floor Leader, he serves as an ex-officio member of all committees along with the President Pro Tempore. 

Sen. McCortney holds a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma City University and a master's of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Prior to his election to the Senate, McCortney was a city councilman in Ada, and served two terms as mayor. 

“Pro Tem Treat is one of the most effective leaders I have ever worked with,” Sen. McCortney said. “He has been a great friend and has taught me from early on what true leadership looks like. I am beyond humbled and honored to be elected by my peers to serve in this role. I appreciate the members of the Senate Republican Caucus who voted for me, and even those who didn’t. I want to continue to unite our party and work toward our common goals. While I know there will be challenges and difficulties ahead, we all want the same thing – what is best for all Oklahomans. While I am in this position, I will never stop fighting to uphold this promise and do what it takes to make Oklahoma the best state possible.” 

To read more about Sen. Greg McCortney, click here.


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