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Arthur a Step Closer to Becoming Secretary of Ag, Senate Ag Committee Grants a Vote of Confidence

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:28:06 CST

Arthur a Step Closer to Becoming Secretary of Ag, Senate Ag Committee Grants a Vote of Confidence There was no hesitation on the part of Oklahoma’s State Senate Committee on Agriculture Monday morning in Oklahoma City, in confirming the nomination of Blayne Arthur as Oklahoma’s next Secretary of Agriculture.

The committee, chaired by State Senator Casey Murdock (R-Dist. 27), voted in the affirmative 12-0 on two separate polls to consent in Arthur’s appointment by the Stitt Administration to the cabinet position of State Secretary of Agriculture and to serve as a member of the State Board of Agriculture. Sen. Murdock remarked that today’s decision was an easy one.

“Blayne is an excellent candidate for this. She has the experience and I’m happy she went through it,” Murdock said. “I think the vote her in this committee showed how much confidence the Senate has in Blayne.”

The former Deputy Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry must wait now for a few days until the full State Senate votes to officially confirm her nomination. Arthur said after today’s vote in an aside with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, that she is thankful for the vote of confidence by the members of the Senate Ag Committee today and will hope for the best as the process moves forward.

“I was very appreciative of course for Sen. Dugger carrying that nomination and I appreciate Chairman Murdock and am just very appreciative of the support and look forward to working with all the members,” Arthur said, remarking on recent goings-on at ODAFF since the Stitt Administration transition took place.

“It’s going very well. There’s a lot of enthusiasm at the department. I think they’re really excited for this new administration, new opportunities for us at the department and just for agriculture in general,” she said. “We’ve got some challenging things we’ll have to work through, but I think there’s an enthusiasm to tackle those challenges and hopefully come out with something that’s good for all our ag folks here in Oklahoma.”

Listen to Blayne Arthur, Sen. Casey Murdock and Ron Hays discuss today’s confirmation vote before the State Senate Ag Committee, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.



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