OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Oklahoma Speaker of the House Todd Hiett says he plans to run for an open seat on the Corporation Commission.
The Republican dairy farmer from Kellyville announced Thursday he would seek the seat being vacated by Patrice Douglas, who is running for Congress.
Hiett was the first Republican speaker of the House in recent history after the GOP took control of the chamber in 2004. After he was forced out because of term limits, Hiett ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2006.
Hiett says he's become increasingly alarmed at federal regulations, which he says are stifling business from creating more jobs.
The Corporation Commission regulates the oil and natural gas industry, public utilities and the storage of petroleum-based fuels.