OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon's decision to enter the race for an open U.S. Senate seat is expected to result in a change in leadership in the Legislature's lower chamber, a move that could shake up negotiations with the governor and the state Senate.
Shannon told his Republican colleagues last week that he wouldn't resign from his post immediately to ensure a smooth transition, but at least three GOP members are working to line up support to replace him in case that does happen. Candidates include Reps. Jeff Hickman, Mike Jackson and Jason Nelson.
The 2014 legislative session begins on Monday, and Shannon is expected to address the 72-member Republican caucus in a closed-door meeting in the morning.
Shannon didn't immediately respond Friday to a request for comment.
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