I quit … eventually

We assume there are lots of money-grubbing lice at the Capitol, but few seem so obvious about it:

State Senator Dan Newberry announced Tuesday he’s stepping aside from his seat with District 37.

In a news release, Newberry said he will continue to be in senior management at TTCU The Credit Union and is publishing a book.

Newberry said it was an honor to serve as the senator from District 37.

“I want to thank the citizens of District 37 for placing your trust in me to represent you at the Capitol for nearly 10 years,” he said.

Newberry, a Tulsa Republican, represents an area including Sand Springs and west Tulsa. And the Legislature has adjourned sine die, and barring a call by the governor for a special session, will not meet again until February 2018. I mention this latter because:

Newberry said in a statement he will resign January 31, 2018.

Because God forbid he should miss even a buck of his $38,400 annual salary as a legislator.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 June 2017 · 6:34 am

    Wow. “Money-grubbing louse” definitely sums it up, though I suspect that’s an insult to the many hard-working lice out there in nature.

    (Not that his resigning early would allow any of that $38K to go back into the state’s coffers to, I don’t know, let state troopers drive more than 100 miles to help someone)

  2. Barks »

    8 June 2017 · 7:25 am

    Hmmm. How is it handled when a public school teacher works, say 9 and 1/2 months in the classroom, takes salary spread over twelve months and then intends to not return in the fall. Does she forfeit the pay for the 2 and 1/2 months left in the year that had not yet been paid?

  3. CGHill »

    8 June 2017 · 7:49 am

    Schools don’t follow the same rules as the Legislature.

  4. Holly H »

    8 June 2017 · 8:06 am

    fillyjonk, only a True Scientist would accord respect to even the lowly louse. Point well-taken; they probably DO work harder than most legislators.

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