Who is RIED?

The Research Institute for Economic Development was founded in 1997, following three years of detailed research and assessment by a joint task force made up of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the State Chamber of Oklahoma.

Today, RIED is a 501(c) 6 non-profit, non-partisan organization that evaluates the extent to which individual Oklahoma legislators act to advance business interests through their service in the legislature.

For the past 18 years, RIED has analyzed thousands of pieces of legislation to annually produce an analysis of each legislator’s voting record.


Institute research creates a profile of each legislator’s individual voting record for bills dealing with business, industry, job creation and economic growth issues deemed important by the private sector. All legislation introduced during the session regarding issues listed below is evaluated. Each legislator is graded with respect to his or her position on each bill. A wide range of reports, graphic illustrations and voting profiles are disseminated across the state based upon each legislator’s voting record.

  • Taxes
  • Energy
  • Workforce Development
  • Tort Reform
  • Job Creation
  • Technology
  • Small Business
  • Insurance and Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Military Impact
  • Rural Economic Growth
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Workers’ Compensation