GOP Legislature has 23 new faces

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State House and Senate members being sworn into office include 23 new members.

Officials are making preparation for swearing-in ceremonies on Tuesday in both legislative chambers. Seventeen new House members
and six new senators are among those who will be taking their oaths
of office.

Five of the six new senators are Republicans.

As result of the Nov. 5 general election, Republicans are the majority party in the Senate for the first time in state history. The GOP has controlled the House since 2004.

The Legislature will hold an organizational meeting on Jan. 6, then will reconvene in February to take up legislation.

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