Fallin Becomes Oklahoma’s First Female Governor

Several OPEA members and staff watched Oklahoma’s first female governor take the oath of office amidst freezing weather and snow flurries Monday. In spite of the weather, Governor Mary Fallin took the oath of office at noon on the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.

“We are looking forward to working with Governor-Elect Fallin in the next four years,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “The State of Oklahoma faces challenges in ensuring quality state services for its citizens. We are facing another tough budget year and already the state workforce has been decimated by cuts, furloughs and reductions-in-force.”

“Oklahoma’s public employees are dedicated professionals who are working to make this the best state it can be,” Governor Fallin told OPEA shortly after her election. “I am extremely grateful for their service, and I am looking forward to working with them as our next governor.”

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