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Mark Costello
New Labor Commissioner Promises Made, Promises Kept

Promises made, promises kept is the best way to describe Mark Costello in his role as Labor Commissioner of Oklahoma.

Commissioner Costello has been in his role since January of 2011 and since has kept his campaign promise to increase efficiency, reduce bureaucratic overhead and promote job creation. Candidate Costello campaigned vigorously for the total reform of Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation system.

In 2010 he formed a non-profit organization named, “Workers’ Comp, Not Lawyers’ Comp” to advocate legislative action. Commissioner Costello witnessed the complete reform of the work comp system in 2013.

Costello has more than 25 years experience as a private sector business owner – wisdom that strongly influences his daily decisions as Labor Commissioner. His background provided him with invaluable experience through the ups, downs and outcomes of many different business decisions. Because of this, he is better fit to lead our state as an elected official.

The Commissioner grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and studied Humanities at the University of Kansas. He returned to Oklahoma to raise a family and start a business because he believes in Oklahoma.
Costello’s business experiences give him a unique perspective that he has applied to advancing meaningful public policy benefiting businesses and their employees.

Costello is a true leader all Oklahomans can stand behind. He protects Oklahoma’s wage earners by working to increase employment opportunities by reducing the size of government and fighting against burdensome government regulations.

His first act as Labor Commissioner was to save more than $100,000 by returning unneeded computers ordered by the outgoing commissioner. He later reduced overhead by closing the underutilized Tulsa branch office.

He has stood up against EPA mandates that would result in electricity rate hikes for Oklahomans. He serves as a vocal advocate for Oklahoma business owners and is working to shield them from bureaucratic OSHA regulations.

As a state elected official, Commissioner Costello travels across the state, having delivered more than 430 speeches. His public outreach is one way the Commissioner seeks to engage with all Oklahomans. These trips are traveled using his personal vehicle.

The Commissioner turned down the state provided vehicle, sent it back to the motor pool to use his private vehicle for state travel. In addition, he does not seek any taxpayer reimbursement for gas, maintenance, tolls, or insurance. This decision has saved taxpayers more than $50,000.

It is the duty of the Labor Commissioner, as laid out by state statute, to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of wage earners of the state.

In order to uphold his statutory duties, the Commissioner has encouraged change in the state’s merit protection system, testified before the U.S. Department of Labor on overreaching OSHA regulations, and advocated for the pursuit of smaller government and more individual liberties for the wage earners of the state.

It is Commissioner Costello’s mission to demonstrate that government “right-sizing” is achievable and, most importantly, the right thing to do. After all, it’s a promise he made and he has kept.

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