State Sen. Bryce Marlatt is being honored for his efforts to promote and encourage investment in the state’s oil and gas industry. Marlatt was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) during the organization’s annual meeting.
Marlatt, R-Woodward, is in his second term after being reelected to his Senate District 27 seat last fall with 84.5 percent of the vote, the largest win in any legislative or congressional race in Oklahoma’s 2012 general election. He’s been Senate Majority Caucus Chair since 2011 and serves in other key positions, including Chairman of the Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation as well as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.
Marlatt is a member of OIPA and works for Power Rig, LLC and is co-owner in Mid-Continent Conductor Services, LLC in Woodward. His family, including wife Tatum and children Kade, Kole, Kloey and Ava Kate, make their home in Woodward.
“Oklahoma has 77 counties, and 72 of them have oil or gas production. Statewide, the energy industry is directly responsible for one in six jobs. It’s certainly a vital part of Western Oklahoma’s economy,” Marlatt said. “I have great respect for the OIPA and for the work they do on behalf of producers and service companies throughout Oklahoma. I’m honored to receive this award, and I look forward to continuing to work beside the OIPA on behalf of the energy industry.”
Founded in 1955, the OIPA is the state’s largest oil and gas advocacy group, representing more than 2,500 members in the crude oil and natural gas exploration and production industry and affiliated businesses.
“Senator Marlatt understands the importance of a vibrant energy sector,” said OIPA Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jeff Wilson. “This award reflects his constant support for Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry in the Legislature”