OKLAHOMA CITY — Norman state Sen. John Sparks has been selected to lead the Senate Democrats after the 2014 elections.
The 12 Senate Democrats selected Sparks this week as the caucus' leader-elect. He will succeed Sen. Sean Burrage of Claremore, who is not seeking re-election.
Among Sparks' first order of business is to try and keep his caucus from getting any smaller. Burrage is among four Senate Democrats who have said they won't seek re-election in the fall, and it will be a challenge for Democrats to keep control of all those seats.
Sparks says despite being outnumbered 36-12, Democrats provide contrast to the Republican majority and "shine light on the dark spaces."