Inhofe Announces State Staff Changes

TULSA, Okla. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced the following staff changes in his state office:

BRIAN HACKLER has been promoted to state director. Hackler has worked for Inhofe since 2009, serving as the field representative for the southwest portion of Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Central Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Prior to joining the office, Hackler served in the Marine Corps, which included completing two deployments to Iraq.

“Brian has faithfully served in his role as the Southwest field representative for the past five years. Brian’s Oklahoma roots and time serving in the U.S. military will make him an effective leader as he oversees operations in my four field offices across the state,” said Inhofe.

MICHAEL JUNK has been promoted to state policy advisor. Junk has worked for Inhofe since 2012, serving as the field representative for the northeast portion of Oklahoma. He previously served on the staff of former-U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn from 2007-2012. Junk is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

“As Michael continues to assist me in the Northeast portion of Oklahoma, I have also expanded his role to help pinpoint policy solutions to issues that arise across the state. I look forward to his ongoing contribution to my team and the state of Oklahoma,” said Inhofe. 

BAXTER LEWALLEN is the new field representative for the southwest portion of Oklahoma. For the past year, Lewallen has been serving the northwest quadrant of the state. He was born and raised in Oklahoma City, graduating from Heritage Hall High School and earning his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

BLAKE WIELAND has joined the state staff as the field representative for the northwest portion of the state. Wieland graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Agriculture Business and a minor in pre-law. He was born and raised in Hydro, Okla. 

RYAN MARTINEZ will continue to serve as the field representative for the southeast portion of the state. He joined Inhofe’s state staff in February. Martinez previously worked as the director of leadership for former-State Speaker T.W. Shannon and was executive director of the Republican State House Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado. 

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