OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Senate on Monday confirmed Gov. Kevin Stitt’s appointment of D. Trent Smith of Yukon to the State Board of Education.
He is a former University of Oklahoma football star turned businessman.
In early December, Stitt abruptly gave the boot to his previous appointee Kurt Bollenbach of Kingfisher and appointed in his place Enid resident Melissa Crabtree.
But Crabtree backed out after state Senate and House Democrats and the Oklahoma Education Association opposed the new appointment and a coalition of nonpartisan education advocacy groups launched a letter-writing campaign calling on Stitt to rescind Crabtree’s appointment.
Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, carried Smith's nomination in the Senate. There was no debate.
The vote was 38-9, with Sens. Mary Boren, Norman; Michael Brooks, Oklahoma City; J.J. Dossett, Owasso; Jo Anna Dossett, Tulsa; Kay Floyd, Oklahoma City; Carri Hicks, Oklahoma City; Julia Kirt, Oklahoma City; Kevin Matthews, Tulsa; and George Young, Oklahoma City, all Democrats.
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