Geographic divide shapes caucus priorities at Capitol

Lawmakers gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol for an organizational day ahead of a new session, which will feature a Legislature increasingly divided along geographic lines that are reshaping the focus for Republicans and Democrats.

“After the recent elections we are a larger caucus and we are a more rural caucus,” said House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, whose GOP caucus picked up seats during the 2018 elections in many rural communities, while Democrats made gains in a few urban districts.

With a 76 to 25 majority in the House, and a 39 to 9 majority in the Senate, Republicans will control much of what moves through the Legislature.

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