Jari Askins

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Jari Askins
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Former candidate for
Governor of Oklahoma
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Jari Askins (April 27, 1953) is a lawyer and a Democratic politician. She was the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. In that role she also served as President of the Oklahoma State Senate. She was the second female Lt. Governor in Oklahoma and the first female Democrat to hold the position. Before serving as Lt. Governor, Askins served in all three branches of the government of Oklahoma: Legislative (as State Representative), Executive (as Chair of the Pardon and Parole Board), and Judicial (as Special District Judge).

On December 28, 2006, Mary Fallin, at the time the Lieutenant Governor, resigned her office effective January 2, 2007 in order to be sworn in to Congress. Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry appointed Askins (who was at that point the Lieutenant Governor-elect) to serve the final days of Fallin's term. Askins then took office for her full term on January 8, 2007.

In the 2010 election, Askins ran for Governor of Oklahoma, losing the general election to Mary Fallin.


Askins was born on April 27, 1953, in Duncan, Oklahoma. She graduated from Duncan High School in 1971. She then attended the University of Oklahoma to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1975. Askins received a Juris Docto from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1980. After graduating from OU, she entered into private practice.

After two years, Askins was elected Special District Judge of Stephens County, Oklahoma. She served from 1982 to 1990, winning re-election in 1986. Under the administration of Governor of Oklahoma David Walters, Askins entered the executive branch of government. She was the Chair of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board from 1991 to 1992. Askins served as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Walters from 1992 to 1994. Her last assignment under Governor Walters was as the Executive Director of the Pardon and Parole Board from February to November 1994.

Before Governor Walters was succeeded by Republican Frank Keating, Askins ran, and was elected to, the Oklahoma House of Representatives, beginning her term in 1995. She served six terms in office as the Representative of the 50th House District, which includes her home town, Duncan.



See also: Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2010

In the July 27, 2010 primary elections, Askins narrowly defeated Oklahoma's Attorney General, Drew Edmondson. Republican Mary Fallin defeated Askins in the general election held on November 2, 2010. The incumbent, Democratic Governor Brad Henry was term-limited.[1]

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


After reaching the maximum 12 years as state representative (Oklahoma has mandatory term limits), Askins filed in the Democratic primary election to replace outgoing Republican Mary Fallin as Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. In the primaries, Askins faced former State Senate President Pro Tempore Cal Hobson, lobbyist Pete Regan, and Jim Rogers. In the Democratic primary on July 25, 2006, Hobson received 18.17% of the vote, Regan received 29.05%, Rogers received 12.56%, and Askins received 40.22%.

Askins, in accordance with Oklahoma state law, faced Regan in a run-off for the party's nomination. In the run-off election on August 22, 2006, Askins received 95,087 votes (53.81%) to Regan's 81,622 votes (46.19%). Askins became the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, and she was elected on November 7, 2006. Her opponent was Republican Speaker of the House Todd Hiett.

Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJari Askins 50.1% 463,753
     Republican Todd Hiett 47.5% 439,418
     Independent E.Z. Million 2.3% 21,684
Total Votes 924,855
Election Results via Oklahoma State Board of Elections

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