KINGSTON, Okla. (KTEN) — Rep. Josh Cantrell (R-District 49) is making strides as a newly-elected member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Cantrell was recently named as vice chair of the County and Municipal Government Committee by House Speaker Charles McCall. As a part of Cantrell's new role, he'll work with county commissioners across the state to pass legislation that benefits local government.

"This is a true grassroots committee," Cantrell said. "My role as vice chair will be working with the chairman to weed through the bills and have hearings in regards to those bills for passage."

Prior to Cantrell's appointment to the House committee, he served as District Two commissioner in Marshall County. Commissioner Don Melton, who represents District One, worked with Cantrell for five years and believes his experience at the county level will help him.

"He was very knowledgeable about the laws and things that had to pertain to county government," Melton said. "I know that he will work hard at it."

As Cantrell begins his first term, he plans to focus on problems confronting his constituents in south central Oklahoma.

"We've got some issues with marijuana farms that need to be addressed," he said. "We have some issues with the drought situation — in particular burn bans — for the county government."

The first session of the 59th Legislature will begin on Monday, February 6.