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November 10, 2009


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, under Unanimous Consent, the U.S. Senate passed H.R.1713, naming the South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture in Lane, Oklahoma, and the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 310 North Perry Street in Bennington, Oklahoma, in honor of former Congressman Wesley "Wes" Watkins.
“Having served with Wes, I know his record is one of honor and distinction,” Inhofe said.  “Wes has done so much for our state, and naming these buildings in his honor will serve as a constant reminder of all he has given to Oklahoma.”  
Watkins began his political career in 1975 when he ran, and won, a seat in the Oklahoma State Senate.  Two years later, when former Speaker of the House Carl Albert announced his retirement, Watkins won the seat with over 80% of the vote.  He represented Oklahoma on both the state and federal level for over four decades, and was Oklahoma’s first member of the United States House of Representatives to serve on all three major financial committees.

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