Mary Fallin

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Mary Fallin
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Governor of Oklahoma
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBrad Henry (D)
Compensation
Base salary$147,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,680,995
Term limits2 lifetime terms
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma, 5th District
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
1995-2007
Oklahoma House of Representatives
1991-1995
Education
High schoolTecumseh High School
Bachelor'sOklahoma State University (1977)
Personal
BirthdayDecember 9, 1954
Place of birthWarrensburg, Missouri
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mary Fallin (born December 9, 1954 in Warrensburg, Missouri) is the 27th and current Governor of Oklahoma. A Republican, Fallin is the first woman to hold the office.

She previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District, which includes most of Oklahoma City. She is the second woman elected to the United States Congress from Oklahoma and the first since 1921 when Alice Mary Robertson was elected and served for one term from 1921 to 1923.[1]

Fallin cites "job growth and retention, education reform, government modernization and protecting Oklahoma from the intrusions of Washington, D.C." as her top priorities as governor.[1]

Fallin began her political career in 1990 when she was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. After four years in that chamber she was elected lieutenant governor in 1994, becoming the first Republican and first woman to hold the office.[2]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Fallin as the 22nd most conservative governor in the country.[3] Fallin is the Chair of the executive committee of the National Governors Association. She, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. She was named to this leadership role in August 2013.[4]

Fallin is running for re-election in 2014.[5]

Biography

Fallin's mother and father both served terms as mayor of Tecumseh, Oklahoma where she was raised. A native of Tecumseh and a current resident of Oklahoma City, Fallin is a long-time resident of the Fifth District. She is a graduate of Tecumseh High School and attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Fallin also holds a degree from Oklahoma State University.[1]

Education

  • Tecumseh High School
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Bachelor's, Oklahoma State University (1977)

Political career

Governor of Oklahoma (2011-Present)

See also: Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2010

Fallin has served as Governor of Oklahoma since 2011.

Common Core

See also: Common Core State Standards Initiative

On June 5, Fallin signed a bill repealing Oklahoma's Common Core Standards and ordering the State Board of Education to design a replacement.[6] Fallin released a statement explaining why she signed the bill, a portion of which is provided below.

Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies.

We cannot ignore the widespread concern of citizens, parents, educators and legislators who have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools. The words ‘Common Core' in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children. If we are going to improve our standards in the classroom, now is the time to get to work.

For that reason I am signing HB 3399 to repeal and replace Common Core with Oklahoma designed and implemented education standards. I am committed, now more than ever, to ensuring these standards are rigorous. They must raise the bar – beyond what Common Core offers – on what we expect of our students. Above all, they must be developed with the goal of teaching children to think critically and creatively and to complete high school with the knowledge they need to succeed in college and in the workforce. I also ‘get it' that Oklahoma standards must be exceptional, so when businesses and military families move to Oklahoma they can rest assured knowing their children will get a great education.[7]

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma NewsOn6

Unlike Superintendent Janet Barresi who had also supported Common Core when it was first implemented, Fallin won re-nomination in 2014 with only minor opposition. This was in spite of opposition to her actions repealing these education standards from groups such as the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.[6]

Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

On February 4, 2013, Fallin introduced her budget for fiscal year 2014 (the financial year ending on June 30, 2014). Her budget calls for $6.95 billion in spending, a 1.8 percent increase from 2013. Fallin proposed a "0.25 percent reduction to Oklahoma’s top individual income tax rate."[8] The progressive Oklahoma Policy Institute criticized Fallin for, among other items, not fully paying for her tax cut and underfunding education.[9] The pro-market Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs published its own budget which called for spending only $6.7 billion by removing "non-core government spending." The OCPA budget included a 0.5 percent cut in the top tax bracket.[10]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Fallin was ranked number 21. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[11][12]

Benefits for same-sex military couples

In opposition to a directive from the Pentagon, Fallin in September 2013 instructed the state's National Guard to stop precessing benefit requests for same-sex couples, saying it was in violation of the state ban on gay marriage that was passed by voters in 2004.[13] The National Guard in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana also said it would not process benefits for same-sex couples.

Referencing the state ban, Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz explained the governor's position, saying “Because of that prohibition, Gov. Fallin’s general counsel has advised the National Guard not to process requests for benefits of same-sex couples. Gay couples that have been legally married in other states will be advised they can apply for those benefits on federal facilities, such as Tinker Air Force Base, rather than state run facilities.”[14]

The policy, which the governor ordered on September 5, was not publicly confirmed by her office until September 17. The Guard began treating such requests in the same manner as those of heterosexual couples on September 3, processing two before being notified by the governor's general counsel to stop such action.[15]

In response, Stephen Peters, president of the American Military Partner Association, called on the Defense Department to end such action, saying, “Since the governor of Oklahoma has decided to join Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana in playing politics with our military families, we need immediate and decisive action from the administration and the defense department in affirming that all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, will be treated equally.”[16]

Smoking legislation

In February 2013, an Oklahoma Senate committee rejected an anti-smoking ban Fallin had supported, and she quickly responded by announcing she will push for a ballot measure in 2014 that would likely allow cities more authority to ban smoking. In order for the bill to make the ballot, supporters must garner signatures from 8% of votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial election, per the secretary of state's office. Current law restricts smoking in most public places.[17]

Healthcare legislation

In response to the December 13, 2010 Eastern District of Virginia ruling on Ken Cuccinelli's suit challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law, Governor-elect Fallin commented, adding that more would be needed to put the final nail in the coffin of ObamaCare, as it were.[18]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mary Fallin endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [19]

U.S.Congress (2007-2010)

Fallin resigned as lieutenant governor on January 2, 2007 in order to be sworn in to Congress on January 4, 2007. Lieutenant Governor-elect Jari Askins was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry to fill the remaining days of Fallin's term.

Fallin served on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Small Business. She also served on the Executive Committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Small Business Chair on the Republican Policy Committee and Vice Chairman of the Women’s Caucus.

Committee assignments

Fallin, as of the 111th Congress, was a member of the following committees:

  • United States House Committee on Armed Services
    • United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness
    • United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces
    • United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel
  • United States House Committee on Small Business
    • United States House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology
    • United States House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight (Ranking Member)
  • United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation
    • United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma (1995–2007)

In 1995, Fallin became Oklahoma’s first woman and first Republican to be elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. As lieutenant governor, Fallin served as president of the Senate and on 10 boards and commissions that impact the quality of life and business in Oklahoma, including the Tourism and Recreation Commission, State Board of Equalization, Oklahoma Land Commission and Film Advisory Commission. She pursued an aggressive agenda focusing on economic development, education, health care and government reform during her 12 years in office.[20]

In the Cabinet-level position of small business advocate during the Keating administration, Fallin fought the rising cost of health insurance and excessive government regulation. Fallin was also instrumental in initiating several economic development events including the first-ever Oklahoma Aerospace Summit and Expo, Small Business Day at the Capitol and Telecommunications Day at the Capitol. She also hosted the Lieutenant Governor’s Invitational Turkey Hunt.[20]

In the wake of the tragic Oklahoma City bombing, she formed a task force to rebuild the childcare center lost in the disaster. Fallin also initiated Project Homesafe, a gun safety program that has distributed more than 80,000 free cable gun locks to Oklahomans.[20]

Oklahoma House of Representatives (1990-1994)

Fallin was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1990. During her two terms as a State Representative she was recognized by the American Legislative Exchange Council as Legislator of the Year and named Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business.[21]

On The Issues Vote Match

Mary Fallin's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Fallin is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Fallin received a score of 34 percent on social issues and 84 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: June 26, 2014.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2014

Fallin is running for re-election as Governor of Oklahoma in 2014.[24] Fallin easily won re-nomination in the Republican primary on June 24. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Primary results

Governor of Oklahoma, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Fallin 75.5% 199,907
Chad Moody 15.4% 40,804
Dax Ewbank 9.1% 23,999
Total Votes 264,710
Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board Unofficial Results.


2010

Fallin was elected Governor of Oklahoma in 2010
See also: Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2010

Congresswoman Fallin ran successfully for Governor of Oklahoma in 2010. She won the July 27, 2010 primary with 54.79% of the vote and the November general election by a 20.99% margin. In 2008, Republicans made gains in the state legislature and took control of both the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma State Senate for the first time in Oklahoma history. The incumbent governor, Democrat Brad Henry was unable to seek re-election because of the 2 term limit.

Fallin announced in February 2010 that she would be campaigning for the Republican nomination in the 2010 gubernatorial election in Oklahoma. A survey conducted by Sooner Poll found that she was ahead of her Republican challenger, Randy Brogdon, by 48.8 points. In head-to-head matchups between her and the two Democratic candidates, she was up 12.3 points against Jari Askins, and 15.6 points against Randy Brogdon.

Governor of Oklahoma, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Fallin 60.4% 625,506
     Democratic Jari Askins 39.6% 409,261
Total Votes 1,034,767
Election Results Via: Oklahoma State Election Board

Campaign themes

In her campaign for governor, Mary named job growth, education and improving the quality of life here in Oklahoma as priorities.

Endorsements

On June 17th, 2010, Sarah Palin gave her official endorsement for Mary Fallin's campaign for Governor.[25]

2006

Fallin did not seek re-election in 2006 as lieutenant governor, but ran for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Ernest Istook, who ran for governor. In the July 25 GOP primary, she was the top vote-getter, receiving 35% of the vote. On August 22, 2006, she faced the second place finisher of the July primary Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett [1] in the GOP candidate runoff election, and won with 63% of the vote [2].

Fallin was elected on November 7, defeating Democrat Paul David Hunter.[3] She is the first woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma since 1921. Alice Mary Robertson was the first woman to be elected to U.S. Congress from Oklahoma. Fallin easily won re-election in 2008.

2002

On November 5, 2002, Mary Fallin won re-election to the office of Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor. She defeated Laura Boyd (D), Billy Maguire (I) and Elmer Zen (E.Z.) Million (I) in the general election.

Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Fallin Incumbent 56.9% 584,990
     Democratic Laura Boyd 38.9% 400,511
     Independent Billy Maguire 3% 31,053
     Independent Elmer Zen (E.Z.) Million 1.1% 11,802
Total Votes 1,028,356
Election Results Via: U.S. Election Atlas

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fallin is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Fallin raised a total of $8,680,995 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.[26]

Mary Fallin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Oklahoma Not up for election $797,707
2010 Governor of Oklahoma Won $4,210,994
2008 US House (Oklahoma, District 5) Won $1,140,478
2006 US House (Oklahoma, District 5) Won $1,734,537
2004 OK Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $111,741
2002 OK Lieutenant Governor Won $685,538
Grand Total Raised $8,680,995

2002-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Mary Fallin's donors each year.[27] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

She and her two children, Christina and Price, make their home in Oklahoma City, where they are active members of Crossings Community Church.[1]

Fallin has been honored with numerous awards including Women in Communication’s Woman in the News Award, induction into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, Clarence E. Page Award, induction into the Oklahoma Aviation Hall of Fame, 1998 Woman of the Year in Government and 1993 Legislator of the Year. She has been named a “Guardian of Small Business,” by the National Federation of Independent Business, a “Hero of the Taxpayer,” by Americans for Tax Reform, a “Friend of the Wildcatter” from the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and received the “True Blue” award from Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council as well as the “Spirit of Enterprise” award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has a lifelong score of 97 from the American Conservative Union, the highest of any congressman in the Oklahoma delegation.[28]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Governor of Oklahoma, "About Governor Mary Fallin," accessed October 19, 2012
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Governor Mary Fallin's Biography," accessed June 21, 2013
  3. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  4. National Governors Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
  5. Mary Fallin, "Homepage," accessed June 21, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 NewsOn6, "Governor Fallin Signs Bill To Repeal, Replace Common Core Standards," June 5, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Governor Mary Fallin, "Executive Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014," February 4, 2013
  9. David Blatt, Oklahoma Policy Institute, "A closer look at Governor Fallin’s FY 2014 budget," February 7, 2013
  10. Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, "Proposed State Budget for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014," March 26, 2013
  11. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  12. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  13. Fox news, "Oklahoma governor tells National Guard not to process benefits for same-sex couples," September 17, 2013
  14. TIME, "Oklahoma Governor Tells Guard to Deny Same-Sex Benefits," September 17, 2013
  15. NewsOK, "Oklahoma National Guard reverses stance on same-sex couple benefits," September 17, 2013
  16. Wisconsin Gazette, "Oklahoma Governor orders National Guard to stop equal treatment of gay service members and spouses," September 17, 2013
  17. San Francisco Chroncile, "Okla. governor seeks statewide vote on smoking ban," February 19, 2013
  18. "Top Oklahoma Republicans praise fed. judge’s ruling on ObamaCare’s unconstitutional provisions," Oklahoma Watchdog, December 13, 2010
  19. Norman Transcript, "Fallin endorses Romney in OKC," May 10, 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Center for America, "CFA Interviews with Legal Reform Leaders: Lt. Governor Mary Fallin," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Mary Fallin Profile," accessed October 19, 2012
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Mary Fallin Vote Match," accessed June 26, 2014
  23. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  24. Tulsa World, "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off re-election campaign," October 18, 2013
  25. http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/the-nature-of-those-tough-self-sufficient-bears/399842678434
  26. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Mary Fallin," accessed May 13, 2013
  27. Follow the Money.org
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Mary Fallin's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Conservative," accessed July 30, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Henry (D)
Governor of Oklahoma
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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