Governor Fallin

Politics and Government
6:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Fallin Says State Budget Should Be Legislature's Priority, Doesn't Comment On Anti-Gay Bills

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the House chamber of the state capitol shortly before delivering her State of the State address February 3, 2014.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Updated at 6:30 p.m.  

Gov. Mary Fallin says the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 should be the Legislature's top priority, and she wants lawmakers to closely examine tax credits and other policies that drain available revenue.

Fallin made the comments Wednesday during a speech to reporters and editors at The Associated Press' annual legislative forum.

Fallin also gave some hints on policies she would endorse for the session that begins on Monday, including a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma.

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Politics and Government
4:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints Steve Burrage To Tax Commission

Steve Burrage
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the appointment of Steve Burrage to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Fallin's office announced the appointment Wednesday. Burrage, the chairman of the board at BankFirst in Antlers, will serve a six-year term succeeding Jerry Johnson, who is retiring Jan. 31.

Burrage also serves as secretary on the Oklahoma Board of Corrections and as chairman of the board's finance and audit committee.

Fallin appointed Burrage to the corrections board in 2012. Burrage will resign from that board Jan. 31.

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Politics and Government
1:02 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints DA Greg Mashburn To Narcotics Commission

Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County DA
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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed District Attorney Greg Mashburn to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Commission.

Fallin announced Tuesday that Mashburn will fill the district attorney slot on the commission. He replaces former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, who did not seek re-election and resigned from the commission.

Mashburn will serve the remaining four years of Harris' seven-year term, pending confirmation from the Oklahoma state Senate.

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Politics and Government
3:29 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Gov. Fallin Creates Criminal Justice Reform Committee

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order creating a special committee to develop reforms to how the state handles nonviolent offenders who have substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Fallin issued the order Wednesday creating the six-member Oklahoma Justice Reform Steering Committee.

The committee will develop a plan for implementing justice reform measures tailored to Oklahoma's security needs and budget and prioritize ways to reduce prison overcrowding and promote public safety.

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Politics and Government
5:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints Three To Pardon And Parole Board

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the appointments of three people to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Fallin on Friday named two former police officers and a former prosecutor to the five-member panel that considers whether inmates should be released from prison.

Fallin named retired Oklahoma City police lieutenant Robert "Brett" Macy of Newalla to replace Marc Dreyer on the board.

The governor also reappointed Oklahoma City attorney Patricia High and former Oklahoma City police officer Vannessa Price to the board. Each member will serve a four-year term.

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Oklahoma News
5:28 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Gov. Fallin Names Deby Snodgrass As Secretary Of Commerce And Tourism

Deby Snodgrass
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Gov. Mary Fallin has named Tourism and Recreation Department Director Deby Snodgrass as the new head of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Fallin announced Wednesday that she will combine two cabinet-level posts and make Snodgrass her Secretary of Commerce and Tourism.

Snodgrass will step down as executive director of the Tourism Department and be replaced with a director selected by the agency's governing commission.

Fallin says combining the two cabinet positions makes sense since both departments have complimentary roles.

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Oklahoma News
12:37 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Gov. Fallin And A Family With 5 Adopted Kids To Light State Christmas Tree

OK Tree Lighting Ceremony
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will get some special help when she lights the state Christmas tree next month.

A couple from Noble with five adopted sibling children will help Fallin light the tree on Dec. 2 on the south steps of the State Capitol building.

Bryan and Donna Komers became foster parents through the Department of Human Services in 2013. The adoption of the five siblings was finalized in June. And Fallin says the Komers are a great example of what the holiday season is all about.

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2014 Elections
6:23 am
Tue October 28, 2014

'Mary On The Move': Fallin Visits Small Towns Before Election Day

Gov. Mary Fallin talks to constituents at the Cordell Gun Store in New Cordell, Okla.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

With midterm elections just around the corner, candidates are doing everything they can to earn the votes of any last-minute undecided Oklahomans.

Campaigning for governor looks a lot different when you already are governor. Incumbent Mary Fallin is trying to balance her job monitoring the capitol, where it’s legislative study season, with her campaigning schedule. She says it’s brutal. She averages five cities a day in a big, Republican red RV emblazoned with the outline of the state and the declaration “Mary on the Move.”

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Fallin Fund Raising With Christie
6:13 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Fallin And Christie Tour Oklahoma City National Memorial And Museum

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin have toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

The two governors were at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing Wednesday in advance of a Republican Governors Association meeting and a fundraising event for Fallin. Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

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Appointments
12:24 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Gov. Fallin Makes Pardon And Parole Board Appointment

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a longtime prosecutor to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board following the death of a board member earlier this month.

Fallin on Friday named Patricia High as one of the governor's three appointments to the five-member board. High will complete the remainder of the term of the late Currie Ballard, who died on July 11.

High was a prosecutor for nearly 20 years in the Oklahoma County district attorney's office where she served as a special prosecutor on death penalty cases and was chief of the child abuse and sexual assault division.

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