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Outgoing House Speaker to Work for City of Tulsa (Nov 16, 2010)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Outgoing Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge has been named to a post in the administration of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

Bartlett said in a news release that Benge will become director of intergovernmental and enterprise development for the city.

Benge was elected House speaker in 2008. He was prevented by term limits from running for re-election to the House and will take over his new job in Tulsa on Wednesday.

The news release said Benge will help plan and implement

Bartlett's initiatives - including the transition of city vehicles to compressed natural gas and development along the Arkansas River.

He will also work on economic development projects for the city.

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