Okla. Senate leader considers Corp. Comm. race

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:05 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says he's considering whether to leave his Senate seat to run for a vacancy on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Bingman said in a statement Wednesday that he was honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate and plans to discuss with his family the possibility of entering the race.

Republican Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas announced Tuesday she would not seek re-election to her post for a full six-year term, and plans to instead run for the U.S. House.

Bingman — a Republican — is up for re-election in 2014, and could only seek one of the two positions.

The three members of the Corporation Commission serve staggered six-year terms on the panel that regulates utilities, telecommunications and the oil and gas industry.

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