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Bingman says he will be new set of eyes on commission

Brian Bingman said Oklahoma needs a new set of eyes on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Bingman, former President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate and a Sapulpa Republican, said his background makes him well suited to hold the seat held by Bob Anthony.

"We need a new set of eyes," he said, adding that his familiarity with what the commission does, the state legislative process and the petroleum industry means his learning curve as a new commissioner will not be as steep as other candidates may be. "I've got a lot less to learn."

Bingman is the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate, after he was named Senate President Pro Tempore in 2011 after being elected to the Senate in 2006. He also served in the Oklahoma House from 2004-2006, and served as mayor of Sapulpa  his home town  for 12 years.

He has been involved in the petroleum industry for 40 years, starting with his graduation from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of business administration degree in petroleum land management. He started in the industry as a petroleum landman for Continental Oil Co. (now Conoco-Phillips) and today he is vice president of land and operations for Upland Resources.

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