House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, today appointed Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, as co-chairman of the Joint Immigration Reform Committee.
Ortega, who has been serving on the committee, replaces Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, as co-chairman. Faught stepped down from the committee for time commitment reasons. Rep. Corey Holland, R-Marlow, will fill the open spot on the committee.
“I appreciate Rep. Faught’s leadership on the committee last session. His fairness and open mind fostered a fully-informed, helpful discussion on an issue that matters deeply to Oklahoma. I expect the same sort of steady leadership under Rep. Ortega as the committee continues working during the interim and next session. Rep. Holland’s willingness to tackle weighty issues like this one will also be a big benefit to the committee,” Steele said.
The committee is comprised of four representatives, four senators and the attorney general.