Did you know that he once worked for former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts? After he was sworn in, Speaker Shannon called for tax reform in Oklahoma. He also slammed runaway federal spending in his address: "'Today, we live in a country with an out-of-control federal government that is bankrupt both financially and morally,' he said. 'As a result, we have fewer freedoms. We pay more in taxes than we should and there is little hope of these things changing under our president and this current Congress.'