The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Council of College and University Presidents recently honored Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman with the 2013-14 Higher Education Distinguished Service Award.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to policy leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership and support of higher education during the legislative session.
“President Pro Tempore Bingman is very deserving of the Distinguished Service Award. He has consistently been a strong champion for higher education, working hard on behalf of our students and our colleges and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Our state system of higher education is grateful for his leadership. We look forward to our work with Senator Bingman in the future as we strive to provide meaningful opportunities for our students in Oklahoma.”
Bingman was honored for his commitment to higher education. During the 2013 legislative session, his support was key in providing Oklahoma’s higher education system with a $9.5 million increase for the system’s operational needs. He also worked with the House of Representatives and the Governor to provide $23.9 million for debt service related to the 2005 higher education capital bond issue. This year, when most state agencies faced a budget cut, Senator Bingman worked to provide a standstill budget for higher education with no budget cuts.
Bingman was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2006. Previously, he served as mayor of Sapulpa and in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2004-06. He has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum land management from the University of Oklahoma. Bingman and his family currently live in Sapulpa.