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For Immediate Release: July 17, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Charles Goodknight
405-840-4779 or 405-425-9993


Capps Announces Hobson Endorsement

Snyder-Assistant Majority Leader Senator Gilmer Capps (D-Snyder) endorsed Senator Cal Hobson (D-Lexington) in his bid for Lieutenant Governor last weekend.

"Cal Hobson is a great man with a great future for the state of Oklahoma," Senator Capps said Friday. Hobson has served in the legislature since 1978 and was chosen to lead the Senate as President Pro Tempore in 2003.

Gilmer Capps has worked for southwest Oklahoma in the Senate since 1971. Currently, he is rapidly progressing toward the completion of a working spaceport to enhance Oklahoma's aerospace industry. In 2002 Capps received the American Space Legislator of the Year Award for his support of a commercial space industry in Oklahoma.

Senator Capps gives much of the credit to Cal Hobson: "Cal deserves much of the credit with the progress our state has made in the aerospace industry. "We have worked together on many projects for Oklahoma, but I am most proud of the spaceport being built here in Burns Flat."

As President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Cal Hobson created the Aerospace, Communication, and Technology Committee, assigning Capps as Chairman and Mark Snyder (R-Edmond) as Vice-chairman. The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) recently gained the FAA's approval for operations, launching the first inland spaceport in the nation.

On Cal Hobson's decision to run for Lt. Governor, Capps said, "Cal has too much talent to just go home. We have both served our term limits, but Cal has so much more he wants to do for Oklahomans."

Cal Hobson responded by thanking Senator Capps for the endorsement. "Gilmer and I have worked together for almost thirty years and his support means a lot to me. Like Senator Capps, I have represented many farmers and ranchers, know their concerns, and will fight for them at the state capitol," Hobson said.

The primary election for Lieutenant Governor will be held July 25th.