Representative Jay Steagall

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Feb 29, 2024
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House Veterans Caucus Elects New Leadership

The Oklahoma House of Representatives Veterans Caucus elected Army veteran Rep. Ty Burns, R-Pawnee, as the new House chair for the next legislative session. Members also elected Rep. Collin Duel, R-Guthrie, as the House vice chair. "It's a privilege to support the men and women in our state Legislature who have bravely served in our nation's defense and to represent the needs of our fellow veterans in Oklahoma," Burns said. "I want to thank Representative Steagall for his leadership for the past five years. As the newly elected Chair of the Oklahoma House Veterans Caucus, I am committed to promoting policies recognizing our veterans' and their families' sacrifices. Together, we will work tirelessly to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met." "I am honored that my colleagues have placed their trust and confidence in me by electing me as the Vice Chair of the Oklahoma House Veterans Caucus," said Duel, who is an Army Ranger. "It is not only our duty but also a privilege to support our veterans, and I hold this responsibility in the highest regard. Through this caucus, we can better serve the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our state and nation." Current Chair Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, who served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard and the Oklahoma Air National Guard, has been chair of the caucus since 2019 and offered his congratulations to Reps. Burns and Duel. "It has been an honor to serve my fellow legislative veterans in this capacity for the last five years," Steagall said. "Together, we've led the charge to effect several statutory changes that benefit our state's veterans and their families. The work of this caucus is far from over, and I'm certain that with the leadership of Representatives Burns and Duel, this caucus will continue to fight for our veterans to ensure that those who wore the uniform and fought for our freedoms and way of life receive the benefits and care they have earned and deserve." The Veterans Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral caucus consisting of over 20 veterans in the state legislature.

Apr 11, 2023
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Legislature Recognizes National Guard in Joint Session

Members of the Oklahoma Legislature gathered Tuesday morning in a joint session for Oklahoma National Guard Appreciation Day. Major General Thomas H. Mancino, the Adjutant General of the Oklahoma National Guard, spoke to the crowd ahead of Gov. Kevin Stitt, who proclaimed April 11, 2023 as Oklahoma National Guard Appreciation Day in recognition for their courage and bravery while serving the state and nation in domestic missions and global conflicts. Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 1996-2003 and in the Oklahoma Air National Guard from 2003-2016. "Since the attack on our country on September 11, 2001, the National Guard has provided roughly half of the downrange personnel and equipment requirements across multiple combat zones in an effort to eliminate various threats to our national security," Steagall said. "Today we are proud to honor our Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard members, their spouses and families, as well as recognize their commitment and dedication to answer the call to defend our state and country against all enemies."

Feb 7, 2019

Bicameral Veterans’ Caucus Holds First Meeting, Announces Chairs

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House and Senate Veterans’ Caucus held its first meeting for the 2019 legislative session Thursday morning.   Rep. Jay Steagall from the House of Representatives, and Sen. Paul Rosino from the State Senate were selected to serve as chairs of the caucus for the 57 th Legislature.   “I’m proud to stand with the men and women in our state Legislature who have served in our nation’s defense to represent the needs of our fellow veterans in our state,” said Steagall, R-Yukon. “Our Veterans’ Caucus members understand the unique concerns of those re-entering civilian life after serving in our armed forces – whether they face medical, employment, housing or other needs. We will help ensure their concerns are addressed.”   “Oklahomans are proud of our state’s strong heritage of military service. Having one of the highest populations of veterans in the country, it’s imperative that the state Legislature stay up-to-date on the many needs and issues facing our active and retired veterans,” said Rosino, R-Oklahoma City. “This Caucus helps us better serve these brave men and women who have given their all for our state and nation.”   State Rep. Josh West, who helped found the joint Veterans’ Caucus in 2017, said he is happy to see these two lawmakers named leaders of the caucus and is glad to resume the work of the group.   “We formed this caucus to ensure veterans’ concerns are continually addressed, programs properly funded and to be pro-active in our support of the thousands of men and women who have selflessly served their fellow citizens,” said West, R-Grove. “These two veterans and fellow lawmakers will help us advance this cause.”   Steagall spent 22 years in the military and has been deployed nine times. His last deployment was during his run in the primary elections. He currently serves the country as a senior KC-135 pilot in the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force Reserves, and will retire this spring with the rank of Major.   Rosino served the nation for 25 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring at the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E9, the Navy’s highest enlisted rank). For nearly ten years, he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, where he served in Strategic Communications Wing ONE in support of their fleet of E-6B aircraft. At his retirement, Rosino led a team of nearly 200 military and civilian personnel responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the E-6B fleet. A decorated veteran, Rosino held a Top Secret security clearance and received numerous awards and commendations, including Company Commander of the Year and Squadron Sailor of the Year.