Saying Goodbye to a Friend

My friend and fellow Representative, David Brumbaugh, passed away late Saturday night at his home in Broken Arrow. It was a shock to those of us who saw him in the House chamber and in committee meetings just a few days prior.

David was the kind of man you liked to have on your side. If a lawmaker was struggling to explain a bill, David would stand and exactly sum up the legislation’s intent with the requisite question, “Would you agree?” I can’t tell you how many times this happened and what a relief it was.

David had a gentle approach. He was a gentleman and a statesman. He had a true love for representing his people and for the rule of law. He was a master at balancing individual freedom against serving all people. He was never afraid to disagree, but he was always respectful. A lot of politicians could learn a thing or two from such a man.

 

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