TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- Oklahoma State Rep. David Brumbaugh (R-Broken Arrow) died suddenly Saturday.
- Legislators honored Brumbaugh Monday.
- A special election will fill his seat.
- A funeral service is set for April 22.
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Oklahoma State Rep. David Brumbaugh (R-Broken Arrow) died Saturday evening, according to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Brumbaugh served as the Republican Caucus Chair since 2014 and was elected to House District 76 in 2010.
Legislators took time to honor Brumbaugh's seven years of service with a moment of silence, song prayer and a small memorial on an empty desk on the house floor Monday.
Democrats and Republicans in the legislature say they can't even grasp that he's gone, let alone think about replacing him, but they say they know the state has a duty to do so.
Governor Mary Fallin will issue a proclamation calling for a special election and the state election board will set a filing date.
Though, there is already a special election set for May, they will not be able to get this seat on the ticket, because state law requires the ballots to be out for 45 days, because of military members overseas.
Election board officials say the seat will likely be on either the July or September tickets.
Friend and colleague Representative Eric Proctor (D-Tulsa) explained someone else is usually named author for bills authored or sponsored by someone who can no longer champion them, allowing the bills the chance to move forward.
According to the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, Brumbaugh will lie in repose at the State Capitol of Oklahoma on Thursday, April 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitation will be held in Tulsa at Floral Haven Funeral Home on Friday starting at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Governor Mary Fallin tweeted out her condolences Saturday night:
I am terribly saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of Rep. David Brumbaugh. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.— Governor Mary Fallin (@GovMaryFallin) April 16, 2017
Senator James Lankford:
I'm so saddened to hear of the sudden death of Rep. David Brumbaugh. Cindy & I pray for his friends & family.— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) April 16, 2017
House Democratic Leader Scott Inman released the following statement:
I am so saddened to learn that a colleague and a friend, Rep. David Brumbaugh, has passed suddenly. David was a good man with a heart for Christ. While we didn't agree on a variety of issues, he was always respectful and sincere in his beliefs and his dealings with my caucus and me. On behalf of my entire caucus, I want to extend the deepest of sympathies to David's family and his companions in the House Republican Caucus. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. And may we all remember that there are so many things more important than politics – that those things that unite us far outnumber those that divide us. May we never take this life and God's blessings for granted.
Mike Neal, Tulsa Regional Chamber President & CEO:
Rep. Brumbaugh’s loss is felt deeply by all in our regional community. A caring and thoughtful leader, Rep. Brumbaugh brought to the State Capitol the best qualities of public service. He was well known and admired for his dedication to the office, love of his fellow Oklahomans and deep roots in the community. It is with profound sadness that we receive this news, and we offer our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be missed.
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