T.W. Shannon on Principles & Values
Narrator: "T.W. Shannon is a sixth-generation Oklahoman. T.W. is guided by his faith. Raised by working class parents, T.W. Shannon learned that success comes from hard work, not hand-outs. And it's those values T.W. and his wife, Devon, are teaching their two kids.
Shannon: "Washington, D.C., is broken, and our government is out of control. Generations to come will inherit crippling debt, limitless spending, and a health care system run by bureaucrats, not doctors and patients. I still believe we are one nation under God, and with his favor we can save our country. If conservatives here in Oklahoma and across America will unite and send the right leaders to Washington, we can restore prosperity. We can renew our values. And we can reclaim our destiny. With conservative leadership, we can fix what's wrong with our country.
They didn't say we are endowed by our government. They didn't say we are endowed by the courts. And they didn't say we are endowed by politicians.
You see, the freedoms and rights we have as Americans are recognized in our Constitution as coming from God. That is the firm foundation on which our nation is founded. At the core of those rights is that which the human heart desires most:
"I want you to know that I will remain Speaker for the time being. I am not stepping down immediately because I want to ensure a smooth transition that does not disrupt the important business of the state, nor distract from the legislative goals of our caucus," Shannon wrote.
Shannon, who previously worked as congressional field director for former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts and current U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, was first elected to the Oklahoma House in 2006. He was the first Republican to represent District 62.
He won a close race for House speaker with the help of the Republican caucus' right wing, and he has staked out several conservative positions that occasionally rankle GOP leaders in the state Senate and governor's office.
Chosen by his Republican House colleagues, T.W. became Oklahoma's youngest and first African American House speaker. He is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation.
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