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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma House of Representatives has formally elected 40-year-old state Rep. Jeff Hickman of Fairview as the next speaker of the House, one of the most powerful positions in state government.

The House voted 69-29 along party lines Monday to select Hickman over Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Del City. Hickman was sworn in with his wife and young son at his side.

The Republican caucus met behind closed doors earlier in the day and cast secret ballots to pick Hickman over Rep. Mike Jackson of Enid.

Hickman said he considers Jackson a friend and that he expects a smooth transition to the speaker's post.

The position was vacated last week when Rep. T.W. Shannon stepped down to focus on his U.S. Senate race.