M. Susan Savage

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M. Susan Savage
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Oklahoma Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
2003 - 2010
Elections and appointments
AppointedOklahoma Secretary of State
Appointed byGovernor of Oklahoma
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sArcadia University
M. Susan Savage (born March 30, 1952, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) was the Democratic Oklahoma Secretary of State from 2003 until 2010. She was appointed to the statewide position by Governor Brad Henry in 2003.


  • Graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa
  • Bachelor's degree, Arcadia University (1974) in sociology
  • Doctorate degree honoris causa, Arcadia University in law

Professional experience

Immediately after graduating from college, Susan Savage served as a Pre-trial Representative for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for one year starting in 1974. She returned to Oklahoma in 1975 where took the job as Criminal Justice Planner for Montgomery County until 1977. For a decade she operated as executive director of the Metropolitan Tulsa Citizens Crime Commission, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the safety and security of the citizens of Tulsa and the surrounding area through its three directives of public education, awareness and involvement, beginning in 1977. Before being appointed Secretary of State, Savage was a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture from 2002 to 2003.

Political career

M. Susan Savage served as Chief of Staff for Tulsa Mayor Roger Randle's Office for four years beginning in 1988. She was appointed as Mayor Pro Tempore after Roger Randle vacated the position after accepting the position as President of the University Center at Tulsa in 1992 and was officially elected to the office in a special election held that same year, marking her as the first woman in the city's history to hold that office.[1]

Other roles

  • National Advisory Board of the Riley Institute for Urban Affairs at the College of Charleston
  • Executive Board member, Southern Regional Education Board
  • Advisory Board member, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals
  • Advisory Board member, Oklahoma City United Way
  • Trustee, Oklahoma Nature Conservancy Board of Directors
  • Trustee, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
  • Board member, Creative Oklahoma, Inc.


Susan Savage currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has two daughters from a previous marriage - Emily Susan Hall (25) and Elizabeth Nell Hall (22).


  • National Conference for Community and Justice Honoree for Leadership (2002)
  • Oklahoma Municipal League Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials Inductee (2005)
  • Oklahoma Human Rights Award

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kay Dudley
Oklahoma Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Glenn Coffee