Dan Sullivan to head GRDA

The Grand River Dam Authority’s board has hired House Floor Leader Dan Sullivan as its new chief executive on a vote of 4-3, with Democrat Betty Kerns of Stillwater a vocal opponent. Sullivan takes the job effective December 1st.

Today, Sullivan said, “I have been humbled and honored to represent the voters of District 71 these past seven years. We have accomplished so much together in our effort to improve Oklahoma’s business climate, most notably this year’s historic reforms to our lawsuit and workers’ compensation systems. 

"I’m so proud of what we have done. Moving forward, I am excited for this new challenge and new opportunity with the GRDA and will always fondly remember the pleasure I have had serving in our Legislature.”

House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, today issued the following statement on Sullivan’s new position:

“The positive impact Floor Leader Sullivan has had on our Legislature and state is immeasurable. He is an extremely talented, effective public servant whose legal background and expertise are natural fits for GRDA. I know he will serve the mission of the organization well and continue to do great things for Oklahoma. I wish him all the best as he makes this transition and thank him for his wonderful contributions to our state.”