“No matter which candidate or party won or lost a particular race, we must remember that we are all Americans and Oklahomans first,” Henry said in a statement he issued from Chicago, where he was invited by the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, to watch election returns.
“We face difficult challenges ahead, and it is imperative that we work together to address those challenges and ensure the future prosperity of our state and country,” Henry said. “I look forward to working with the Obama administration to address the many challenges that confront our nation in these difficult times.”
Henry also said he is eager to work with the new members of Oklahoma’s Legislature.
Republicans captured the Senate for the first time in Oklahoma history, according to Tuesday’s unofficial returns, and Republicans expanded their majority in the House, picking up four seats to build a 61 to 40 majority.
“I want to personally congratulate the victorious candidates on both sides of the aisle and wish them well in the public service ahead,” Henry said. “My door is open to anyone who is interested in moving our state forward in a bipartisan manner. ”
Henry congratulated Senate co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, who is expected to be elected Senate leader for the upcoming legislative session.
“I look forward to working with him in his new leadership role and am certain that we can accomplish great things for the state of Oklahoma,” the governor said.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau