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Governor Fallin to Speak at SWOSU PLC Banquet
March 21, 2011
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will be guest speaker at the upcoming President’s Leadership Class banquet April 4 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
A limited number of tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Todd Boyd, director of the PLC program, said tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (580) 774-3782.
The banquet is at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom on the SWOSU campus. At the banquet, SWOSU’s fifth PLC will be honored.
This will be Fallin’s first official visit to Weatherford as governor of Oklahoma. Governor Fallin was elected November 2, 2010, during a historic election in which she became the first-ever female governor of Oklahoma. She was inaugurated on the steps of the Oklahoma Capitol as the state’s 27th governor on January 10, 2011. As governor, Fallin has listed as her priorities job growth and retention, government modernization and streamlining, education reform and protecting Oklahoma from the intrusions of Washington, D.C.
After a successful career in the private sector as a manager for a national hotel chain, Fallin made her first foray into public service in 1990 when she was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. This began her long and distinguished career of public service dedicated to conservative, commonsense solutions to the challenges facing Oklahoma families and small businesses.
In 1994, Fallin would first make history by becoming the first woman and first Republican to be elected lieutenant governor of Oklahoma, an office she would hold for 12 years. In this capacity, Fallin focused her attention on issues affecting job creation and economic development.
Fallin was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2006 where she represented the Fifth District of Oklahoma. In Congress, Fallin served on the committees for small business, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources and armed services.
Fallin is married to Wade Christensen, an Oklahoma City attorney who is a Thomas native. The couple has six children between them.