TULSA – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement congratulating Melissa McLawhorn Houston for being nominated by Gov. Mary Fallin to be the state’s labor commissioner.
“My sincere congratulations go to Melissa McLawhorn Houston on her appointment to become Oklahoma’s Labor Commissioner. Melissa follows in a strong family tradition of public service, to include her mother who currently serves as the city planner in Altus and her grandfather “Burley” Burleson, who I had the privilege of working with when he was a leader in the Altus community and base commander. I have supported Melissa throughout her career and worked with her during her service in the state government with the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security and in her most recent position as chief of staff to the Attorney General. I greatly valued the late Mark Costello’s conservative contributions as commissioner of labor, and I am confident Melissa will ensure Oklahoma’s values continue to be well represented. Melissa’s appointment is a great continuation of a strong working relationship with the Labor Department and her appointment stands to only benefit and advance the state.”