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Ben Loring

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Ben Loring
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Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 7
Incumbent
In office
November 18, 2014-present
Term ends
November 22, 2016
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$38,400/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Ben Loring is a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Loring served on the following committees:

Oklahoma Committee Assignments, 2015
Public Safety
Tourism and International Relations

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Bednar's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

The Most Unfair Tax of All

  • Excerpt: "Well, here we are seven (7) other turnpikes and sixty-seven years later and we are still paying this unfair tax. I talked with one Ottawa County businessman that says he pays between $5,000 and $7,000 in turnpike fees every month just to move his product to customers. That translates to as much as $84,000 that a potential competitor on I-40 or I-35 wouldn’t have to pay each year. More importantly, there is no easy solution to this problem as the O. T. A. has outstanding bonds until 2031 and it cannot legally be dissolved until the bonds are paid in full."

Here are my problems with the turnpike tax:

  • Excerpt: "The tax is fundamentally unfair. It is expected that the state provide us with adequate roads. So we have I-40 and I-35. All Oklahomans pay taxes for those roads. But I-44? There are no general state taxes that pay for it. It is primarily those of us that live, work and have businesses along it who have to pay this extra tax for it to exist."

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014. Ben Loring defeated Donnie Howe in the Democratic primary. Loring was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4]

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Loring 66% 1,158
Donnie Howe 34% 596
Total Votes 1,754

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Glenn (D)
Oklahoma House of Representatives - District 7
November 18, 2014-present
Succeeded by
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