Senator David Myers Dead Of Lung Infection
Senator David Myers of Ponca City died early today of a lung infection, friends report. He had been battling pneumonia. He was 73.
Myers, a Republican, had represented District 20 since his first election in 2002 and was chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
He was a retired ConocoPhillips chemical engineer and a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Ponca City.
The Rev. Anthony Jordan, Executive Director-Treasurer for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said, “Oklahoma has lost a great leader. Senator Myers served his community and our state with distinction. He was a friend and fellow Baptist who faithfully served his church, denomination and Lord. Next week, he was set to be elected to serve on the board of directors for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. We extend our love and prayers to his wife, Sara, and family. He will be greatly missed.”
Statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman:
Statement from incoming Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage:
Governor Fallin and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb also issued statements praising Myers and his dedication to public service.
Said Fallin: "Senator Myers was a principled public servant and, as appropriations chairman, a dedicated guardian of taxpayer dollars and resources. His passing is a tremendous loss to the Oklahoma Senate, his constituents and the entire state. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. I’m asking all Oklahomans to join me in keeping his wife Sara and the rest of his family in our thoughts and prayers.”