November 29, 2017
Brothers and Sisters,
Our commitment to improving the local and statewide political relevance and strength of Oklahoma fire fighters continues. This means we are working to ensure that we are at the table when the political decisions are made that affect our wages, benefits, and working conditions, and the security of citizens and firefighter families.
With this in mind, the Professional Fire Fighters of Oklahoma is proud to announce the appointment of Josiah Rovenstine of IAFF Local 200 in Bartlesville, to the new position of Political Director. This appointment comes after months of discussion and consultation with the IAFF.
Josiah has been on the job in Bartlesville for twelve years and currently holds the rank of equipment operator. He has also been a Local officer for many years and has held every position on his board, including his current one, President. Josiah has been instrumental in developing and strengthening the Local fire PAC in Bartlesville. He has done tremendous work to improve the relationships that the Local has in its community and with area elected officials
As Political Director, Josiah will work closely with Chalk Norton, our Legislative Director, and with locals across the state. Their focus is to further build our political relationships, regardless of party affiliation, with candidates and incumbents that truly support us. Josiah also will be working to ensure that the PFFO Fire PAC and local PACs throughout the state will help us be better heard in city halls and at the state capitol. If you have not already heard from Josiah, please expect to hear from him in the coming months.
Finally, I am proud to have Josiah on our team, and I believe he will prove to be as effective for the state association as he has been for his own local. I also hope his appointment, and other actions taken by the PFFO board, show that we are working diligently to move our organization in the right direction.
Thank you for your support and for your hard work in your communities.
Brooks sworn in as newest Oklahoma Senator
Recently-elected Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City formally took his oath of office Tuesday morning, accompanied by a large crowd of family, fellow legislators and supporters.
Brooks, an attorney, received more than 54 percent of the vote in the District 44 race in the southwest Oklahoma City metro area, defeating Republican Joe Griffin. Both Brooks and Griffin unsuccessfully campaigned for the Legislature in the past; Brooks ran for the same seat in 2014 and Griffin lost a House race during the 2016 election cycle.
Brooks succeeds former Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, who resigned March 22, six days after he was charged with three prostitution-related crimes and one week after he was stripped of much of his legislative authority by his fellow senators.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who also serves as Senate president, personally welcomed Brooks to the Legislature, describing him as a man of passion and conviction. He advised Brooks to always keep his family a priority during his time at the Capitol.
"This is amazing," Brooks told attendees in an almost full to capacity Senate chamber, adding he was overwhelmed and humbled at the opportunity granted to him by the voters of his district.
"I want people to know is that this campaign wasn't just about me. This campaign was about each and every person in this room," he said. "People who donated to this campaign, people who volunteered for this campaign and people who prayed for me during the time that this campaign was going on…everybody here is important."
In an interview after taking the oath, Brooks said he was excited and ready to learn as he prepares for his first session as a legislator.
"I'm the first to acknowledge that I've got a lot to learn but I'm excited for the opportunity," he said.
Areas of interest he identified include the state budget as well as addressing Oklahoma's education issues, including fully funding education and identifying solutions for the teacher shortage.
Ricky Burns and Chalk Norton along with some of Tulsa's fire fighters
attended the A.C. Hamlin banquet and were honored by the Oklahoma Black Legislative Caucus
OKC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
343 firefighters will climb 110 floors to honor
the FDNY 343 and to commit to the promise of "Never Forget".
President Ricky Burns was one of fifty IAFF members who recently completed the week long IAFF Communications Training Academy.
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