Senator Don Barrington of Lawton was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and the Council of Presidents at a ceremony on the Cameron University campus earlier today. OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and Cameron University President Cindy Ross spoke of Senator Barrington’s leadership on behalf of higher education. The Distinguished Service Award honors Senator Barrington for his strong stance against concealed weapons on college campuses, his support of higher education funding and Cameron University, and, as a former firefighter, his advocacy of fire education.
"Senator Don Barrington is very deserving of the 2011 Distinguished Service Award," says Chancellor Johnson. "He has supported the state of Oklahoma’s investment in higher education and has worked to secure higher education’s future success throughout his tenure in the state Senate. His support was particularly helpful this year when he, along with his colleagues in the Senate and House stepped forward and supported an additional $10 million supplemental appropriation bill for higher education. We also very much appreciate his strong stance against legislation allowing concealed weapons on college campuses.”
“Senator Barrington has been a visible figure at Cameron University for many years,” says Ross. “He makes himself accessible and is steadfast in his support of Cameron. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Senator Barrington’s commitment to ensuring students’ well-being and providing a productive academic environment. Senator Barrington understands that students carrying guns on campus is the antithesis of a positive learning environment, and he stands tall in his advocacy of student safety.”
Senator Barrington enjoyed a 32-year career with the Lawton Fire Department, advancing to Chief, before retiring in 2002. He is currently in the third year of his second term in the Oklahoma Senate, representing Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson and portions of Grady and Stephens Counties. He previously served two years as the Co-Chair for Public Safety & Homeland Security and is currently in his third year as the Chairman of Public Safety & Homeland Security. In January, he was named Vice-Chair of Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary. He also serves on the Agriculture and Rural Development, Tourism and Wildlife, and Veterans and Military Affairs Committees.
December 14, 2011