Former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon is taking his leadership role to a new level — as a candidate for U.S. Senate.
Shannon spent some time in Claremore Friday visiting with voters and fielding questions about the race.
“I have a history of moving legislation into law,” Shannon said. “It is not enough just to say I authored legislation. Did you get it introduced, did you get it passed into law.”
Speaking of his experience in Oklahoma, Shannon said it is important to have the ability to be able to convince others why one plan is better than another.
“We all have great ideas, and idea without a plan is just a dream,” Shannon said. “We don’t need people to dream conservative ideals we need people to move them into legislation.”
The recent passage of House Bill 3399, legislation to completely eliminate common core standards in Oklahoma, is an addition to Shannon’s track record of moving legislations into law.
“One of my top priorities as Speaker was to repeal Common Core,” Shannon said. “The House and Senate passed a bill that I co-authored to repeal this terrible policy. If the Governor signs it, we can finally say goodbye to Common Core in Oklahoma.”
“The federal government sold Common Core with the promise of increased standards, but instead gave us an inflexible curriculum that does not equip our children for college,” said Shannon.
“The federal government has disregarded parental rights, over-regulated teachers, and over-tested our kids. Parents, local governments and teachers are better equipped to meet the needs of their students than the federal government. Parents and teachers are the best leaders for quality education in Oklahoma communities — not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”
Shannon said, “I’m running for the U.S. Senate to stand up to this government-first, status quo mentality. We can’t afford more of the same thinking that says government is the solution. I fully support the repeal of Common Core in Oklahoma and will continue to fight against it in the United States Senate. By passing this important legislation we took a very important step forward in that fight, but it’s only the beginning. In Washington, I’ll lead the charge to rein in the size, scope, and power of the federal government. We don’t need more failed legislation from the beltway insiders, and that’s why I’m looking forward to bringing the conservative solutions that have worked for us in Oklahoma to Washington, D.C.”