OK Senator and Farmer Mike Schulz Reflects on This Year's Ballot ResultsFri, 11 Nov 2016 17:44:11 CST
As the dust settles on the results of Tuesday’s election, Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with State Senator Mike Schulz of Altus, Oklahoma for his reaction and thoughts on the outcome of the state’s ballot this year, from his perspective not only as the new Speaker Pro-Temp for the state senate but also as a farmer.
“First and foremost what I’m most proud of is being a farmer,” Schulz said. “That’s where my passion is, that’s where my heart is, that’s where I go back and relax, it’s where I go back and attempt to make a living.
Tuesday night in Oklahoma was a phenomenal night. We had 19 Republicans on the ballot, we had 19 victories.”
With several newly elected officials that will be joining the state’s legislature this cycle, Schulz says this is an opportunity to educate people on where we’ve been as a state, where we are now and where we are headed. He says the first step is to find out what is important to the state and begin setting goals.
“Great opportunity to set a good foundation into the future and that’s something I’ve really concentrated on through this summer and fall,” Schulz said. “We’ll start having those discussions next week at our retreat and then start formalizing that agenda and formalizing what those goals will look like.”
Aside from issues such as real ID, water resources and feral hogs that will continue to be a priority for himself and the rest of the legislature, Schulz says he will have a new responsibility to stay on top of, with State Question 777 - Right to Farm having failed.
“As a legislator; as a policy maker - it means that I need to keep my eyes a little wider opened for whom may be authoring and pushing certain pieces of legislation,” Schulz said. “I think it means for ag groups they need to be a little bit vigilant in what they’re doing because the groups that oppose that - the outside groups that poured so much money into the defeat of that, they’ll come knocking at our door at some point and try to push legislation.”
Listen to Ron Hays' entire conversation with Mike Schulz regarding this year's ballot results, by clicking the LISTEN BAR below.
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