17th Oklahoma Legislature

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17th Oklahoma Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Leadership
Jim A. Rinehart (D)
Don Welch (D)
Composition:
Senate
43      1     
House
102      13     

The Seventeenth Oklahoma Legislature was a meeting of the legislative branch of the government of Oklahoma, composed of the Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The state legislature met in regular session at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City from January 3 to April 29, 1939, during the term of Governor Leon C. Phillips.[1] Phillips was the first state representative to become Governor of Oklahoma.[1]

As Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, James E. Berry served as the President of the Senate. Jim A. Rinehart served as President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, making him the chief leader and organizer of the chamber. Don Welch served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Dates of session[edit]

  • Regular session: January 3-April 29, 1939

Previous: 16th Legislature • Next: 18th Legislature

Party composition[edit]

Senate[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican
43 1 44
Voting share 97.7% 2.3%

House of Representatives[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican
102 13 115
Voting share 88.7% 11.3%

Leadership[edit]

Senate[edit]

As Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, James E. Berry served as the President of the Senate, giving him a tie-breaking vote and the authority to serve as the presiding officer. Jim A. Rinehart of El Reno, Oklahoma, was elected by state senators to serve as President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, making him the chief leader and organizer of the chamber.[2]

House of Representatives[edit]

The Oklahoma Democratic Party held 102 of the 115 seats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1939, allowing them to select the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.[1] Don Welch of Madill, Oklahoma, served as Speaker during the regular session in 1939.[1] Harold Freeman of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, served as the second-in-command, or Speaker Pro Tempore.[1]

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

District Name Party
1 Julius Cox Dem
2 Nat Taylor Dem
2 T. J. Hogg Dem
3 Jesse Taylor Dem
4 W. F. Hearne Dem
5 Robert Harbison Dem
6 LeRoy Clayton Dem
6 E. D. Walker Dem
7 Bill Ginder Rep
8 James M. Wilson Dem
9 Charles Duffy Dem
10 John T. Sanford Dem
11 Ray C. Jones Dem
12 Louis Ritzhaupt Dem
13 Tom Waldrep Dem
13 Boyd Cowden Dem
14 J. A. Rinehart Dem
14 W. C. Fidler Dem
15 Gerald Spencer Dem
15 W. L. Mauk Dem
16 Leslie Chambers Dem
17 Phil Lowery Dem
17 Merton Munson Dem
18 Virgil Stokes Dem
18 Joe B. Thompson Dem
19 James C. Nance Dem
19 Homer Paul Dem
20 John A. MacDonald Dem
21 James Babb Dem
22 Tom Anglin Dem
23 John B. McKeel Dem
24 Paul Stewart Dem
25 John C. Monk Dem
26 W. O. Ray Dem
27 Murrell Thornton Dem
27 Joe M. Whitaker Dem
28 R. O. Ingle Dem
29 R. H. Shibley Dem
30 Felix Church Dem
31 Henry C. Timmons Dem
32 W. A. Barnett Dem
33 Penn Couch Dem
34 H. M. Curnutt Dem
35 Ferman Phillips Dem
  • Table based on state almanac.[3]

House of Representatives[edit]

Name Party County
E.B. Arnold Dem Adair
S.J. Carrier Rep Alfalfa
Henry Cooper Dem Atoka
Floyd Harrington Dem Beaver
Cecil A. Myers Dem Beckham
R. F. Estes Dem Beckham
E. Blumhagen Dem Blaine
A. N. Leecraft Dem Bryan
Sam Sullivan Dem Bryan
Kenneth J. Hogue Dem Caddo
Amos Stovall Dem Caddo
Francis Porta Dem Canadian
Bill Selvidge Dem Carter
Wilson Wallace Dem Carter
Dan Draper Dem Cherokee
Paul Webb Dem Choctaw
Frank Conner Dem Cimarron
Ben Huey Dem Cleveland
Dale Brown Dem Coal
Bill Logan Dem Comanche
C.S. McCuistion Dem Comanche
Charles Flanagan Dem Cotton
Jack L. Rorschach Dem Craig
William L. Cheatham Dem Creek
Homer O'Dell Dem Creek
Streeter Speakman Jr. Dem Creek
Earl D. Duncan Dem Custer
Harry Shackleford Rep Delaware
T. J. Hussey Dem Dewey
George Davison Rep Ellis
Floyd Carrier Rep Garfield
O. R. Whiteneck Dem Garfield
Harold Freeman Dem Garvin
Herbert Hope Dem Garvin
Dutch Hill Dem Grady
C. D. Van Dyck Dem Grady
K. T. Trout Rep Grant
Henry W. Worthington Dem Greer
W. T. Cunningham Dem Harmon
George Pauls Dem Harper
D.C. Cantrell Dem Haskell
Frank Grayson Dem Hughes
Burr Speck Dem Jackson
Otto G. Bound Dem Jefferson
Ed Gill Dem Johnston
W.E. Knapp Rep Kay
David M. LeMarr Rep Kay
Robert L. Barr Dem Kingfisher
Finis C. Gillespie Jr. Dem Kiowa
M. B. Patterson Dem Latimer
Earl Johnson Dem LeFlore
Raymond H. Lucas Dem LeFlore
Clyde L. Andrews Dem Lincoln
Carl Morgan Rep Logan
Owen Townsend Dem Love
A. L. McFadden Rep Major
Don Welch Dem Marshall
Lincoln Battenfield Dem Mayes
Purman Wilson Dem McClain
Bascom Coker Dem McCurtain
Carl Dees Dem McCurtain
Kirksey Nix Dem McIntosh
Malcolm Baucum Dem Murray
Herbert L. Branan Dem Muskogee
George A. Coffey Dem Muskogee
Will Rogers Dem Muskogee
Merle Allen Dem Noble
LaRue Rush Dem Nowata
Bennie F. Hill Dem Okfuskee
Bryan Billings Dem Oklahoma
Laverne Carlton Dem Oklahoma
Ben F. Ellis Dem Oklahoma
Murray Gibbons Dem Oklahoma
B. B. Kerr Dem Oklahoma
George Miskovsky Dem Oklahoma
Creekmore Wallace Dem Oklahoma
S. E. Hammond Dem Okmulgee
Frank Mahan Dem Osage
C. A. Douthat Dem Ottawa
Walter Miller Dem Ottawa
Harry Fischer Dem Pawnee
Elbert Weaver Dem Payne
Andy Banks Dem Pittsburg
Jay Basolo Dem Pittsburg
Elmer Hopkins Dem Pittsburg
Fred McCabe Dem Pontotoc
Moss Wimbish Dem Pontotoc
Bill High Dem Pottawatomie
Ralph Spencer Dem Pottawatomie
Clarence Tankersley Dem Pottawatomie
Louie Gossett Dem Pushmataha
Edgar McVicker Dem Roger Mills
Tom H. Kight Dem Rogers
Dick Bell Dem Seminole
V. L. Kiker Dem Seminole
J. T. Means Dem Seminole
Paul V. Carlile Dem Sequoyah
James Bullard Dem Stephens
Pat Fitzgerald Dem Stephens
Wallace Hughes Dem Texas
James B. Witt Dem Tillman
Holly L. Anderson Dem Tulsa
Glade Kirkpatrick Dem Tulsa
William F. Latting Dem Tulsa
William J. Melton Dem Tulsa
A. E. Williams Rep Tulsa
A. F. Sweeney Rep Tulsa
D. E. Temple Dem Tulsa
Bob Wagner Dem Wagoner
John M. Holliman Dem Washington
Ripley Greenhaw Rep Washita
J. G. Powers Rep Woods
Dick Houston Dem Woodward
  • Table based on government database.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e A Century to Remember Archived September 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Oklahoma House of Representatives Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed June 19, 2013)
  2. ^ 2005 Oklahoma Almanac, Oklahoma Department of Libraries. (accessed July 1, 2013)
  3. ^ 2005 Oklahoma Almanace (accessed July 2, 2013)
  4. ^ Historic Members Archived 2013-06-29 at WebCite, Okhouse.gov (accessed June 19, 2013)

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