Legislator Enters Race for Labor Commissioner

Mustang Rep. Leslie Osborn is the latest to enter the race to become Oklahoma’s next State Labor Commissioner.

The Republican legislator announced Wednesday she is running for the Republican nomination to be decide in 2018.

“We have serious challenges in Oklahoma,” said Osborn in announcing her candidacy. “I am convinced we can meet them. As Labor Commissioner, I will work with businesses and workers in all 77 counties to create safe workplaces and strong companies.”

In making her announcement at the State History center in Oklahoma City, Rep. Osborn also unveiled an advisory committee comprised of more than 130 individuals across the state who have lined up to support her candidacy.

Until recently, Osborn chaired the House Appropriation and Budget Committee. But she was removed by House Speaker Charles McCall in July after disagreeing publicly with him about budget cuts at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

She is at least the second Republican to announce. Last week, Cathy Costello announced she is also running. She is the widow of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.