Former legislator to become Oklahoma’s new Labor Commissioner

Tough as Nails.  Sharp as a Tack.

That’s how Leslie Osborn’s campaign website described her as she ran for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner.  She’ll soon be in charge of the Labor Department, enforcing laws and regulations against energy companies across the state, whether they’re in the oil and gas industry, wind, coal or others.

The former Republican Representative from Mustang walked away with the election this week, getting 62% of the votes in a race against Democrat Fred Dorrell and Independent Brandt Dismukes. Osborn received 717,109 votes while Dorrell picked up 388,825 and Dismukes received 55,746.

“Together we will set a new agenda for strengthening our economy and improving our quality of life,” was Osborn’s quote on her campaign website.

But remember,  Osborn first had to win the GOP runoff against Cathy Costello, the woman some figured to be the favorite in that race because she was the widow of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. Costello carried the emotional vote and the issue of mental health in the workforce.

But the 54-year old Osborn overcame the challenge and won with a 52 to 48 percent margin. After winning Tuesday night, she’ll prepare to be sworn into office in January as the state’s 19th Labor Commissioner.

She will replace Melissa McLawhorn Houston who chose not to run.

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