Written by Dick Pryor on Friday December 10, 2010
Governor-Elect Mary Fallin has been keeping a fast-paced schedule since her historic election on November 2nd. She has been working on the transition to the governor's office while continuing her duties as congresswoman for the 5th Congressional District. Fallin's election was truly historic. Her race against Democrat Jari Askins was only the fourth gubernatorial race in American history pitting two women against each other. Her election, with 60% of the statewide vote, made her the first female governor in Oklahoma history. And, on January 10, 2011, when she takes the oath of office, she will become one of only 34 women in U.S. history to hold the position of governor of a state.
During our half-conversation we talked about the campaign, her management style and agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Continuing her priorities established as legislator, Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Representative, Fallin will place a premium on job growth and creating a state that is "business-friendly." She will also be looking at reorganizing government and improving Oklahoma's educational system.
Mary Fallin becomes Oklahoma's 27th governor on January 10 at 12:00 p.m. and OETA will air the ceremonies live, statewide. We will also air a one-hour re-broadcast on the evening of January 10th for those who may have missed the inaugural ceremonies earlier in the day.
Thanks for reading.
Until next time,
(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Governor-Elect Mary Fallin.)
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