Jet McCoy (from left), Rep. Todd Thomsen, Sen. Susan Paddack, and Cord McCoy are pictured after the McCoy brothers were honored by the state Legislature. Thomsen and Paddack were the primary authors of the resolution honoring the McCoy brothers.

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One of my greatest privileges as a legislator is having the opportunity to honor outstanding Oklahomans and bring their hard work, talents and accomplishments to the attention of my colleagues in the Senate. 

“Oh my gravy,” this week, I had the great pleasure of honoring local ranchers and professional cowboys, Cord and Jet McCoy.  

As many of you know, they are once again competing on the CBS reality series Amazing Race.  

The brothers won second place in Season 16 of the show and were chosen to compete again this season.  

The current season has three weeks remaining so we’ll have to wait until next month to see if our favorite cowboys won or not. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, it’s a race around the world for $1 million.  

Each team consists of two people who are given tasks and challenges in various countries.  The last pair to complete each week’s challenge is eliminated.  

Cord and Jet are one of the final six teams in this season’s competition.

The McCoy brothers are two of the nicest, hard working young men I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.  

The fourth-generation Oklahomans are the epitome of what our state stands for including strong family values, kindness and hard work.  Their incredible character is a testament to their wonderful parents Denny and Janet McCoy. 

Leadership and public service were modeled by their grandfather, Ray Tucker, who served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives during the 28th and 29th Oklahoma Legislatures.  So it was special to have them come to the Capitol where he once served his state. 

While some may have simply tried out for the show to win money, see the world and have a good time together, the McCoy brothers have accomplished much more.  

They have helped shine a positive light on our great state — showing the nation the wonderful virtues that are ingrained in Oklahomans. 

This was made apparent in the 16th season by the fact that throughout the course of the show, the brothers were the team favored by the fans of the show for their integrity, humor and character. 

Their hard work was evident on the 16th season of the show. After racing for more than 40,000 miles and winning four of the 12 legs of the race, they became the first team in the history of the show to go from last place on a nonelimination leg, completing a speed bump, and coming in first place on the next leg and ultimately finishing second in the competition.

These are the kinds of individuals our young people need as role models and I want to thank Cord and Jet for continuing to represent their Oklahoma and cowboy heritage, values, and integrity both in their careers and during the show. 

As always, if you have a question about a legislative matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (405) 521-5541 or by email at paddack@oksenate.gov.  

 It is an honor to serve as your voice at the state Capitol.  If I may be of help, please contact me. May God Bless you! 

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