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Murphy to Serve as OIL Lieutenant Governor

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 06/01/2015 Jacob Murphy was elected to the  Lieutenant Governor position during the recent spring semester session of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL). —Courtesy photoJacob Murphy was elected to the Lieutenant Governor position during the recent spring semester session of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL). —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — OPSU will be represented in great form during the next session of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) with our very own Jacob Murphy serving as the Lieutenant Governor. Murphy was elected to the Lieutenant Governor position during the recent spring semester session of OIL held at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City in April.

OIL is a mock congressional student organization for college students all over Oklahoma. Each college can have its own OIL club called a delegation. Each delegation meets regularly to write legislation, practice parliamentary procedure, fundraise, plan, and prepare for something called “session,” a five-day conference that is held at the state capitol once every semester.

An Agribusiness student, Murphy has been involved in OIL for two years and the organization has been very important to him.

“OIL provides the opportunity to write legislation that ends up with the actual legislature. OIL is important because I don't have to wait to make a difference. I owe so much to this organization, and I cannot wait to give back in this position. The friends that I have made will be those I can count on for the rest of my life, and I am so grateful to be a part of and help lead an organization that brings so many people together to strive towards a common goal.”

As the Lieutenant Governor, Murphy will help the Governor with any and all things that need to be completed and serve as the President of the Senate. In this position, he will also serve as the activity pass coordinator.

Murphy adds, “This organization has changed my entire life plan. I was going to go to graduate school for Landscape Architecture, but now that I see what I am capable of in a political setting, I want to help write and promote agricultural policy as either a Legislative Assistant, a Lobbyist, or by working for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. This organization opens up so many doors for its members and alumni. It has produced Senators, Representatives, successful business men and women, Governors, and many, many more.”

A Texhoma, Okla. high school graduate, Murphy is very active on campus. He is currently involved in Student Senate, OSGA (Oklahoma Student Government Association), FFA, Crops Judging and Alpha Zeta. Murphy plans to graduate this upcoming December and apply for graduate school at Oklahoma State University in the Agricultural Leadership program.