Governor Mary 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 states 27th governor on January 10, 2011.
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. She served on 10 boards or commissions involving business and quality-of-life issues in Oklahoma.
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 co-authored numerous pieces of legislation to lower taxes, reduce regulation on businesses and individuals, fight federal overreach, increase American energy production, create jobs, and protect constitutional liberties.
As governor, Fallin has listed as her priorities job growth and retention, government modernization, education reform, and protection Oklahoma from the intrusions of Washington D.C.
Fallin serves on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association and is Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
The governor is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
She is married to Wade Christensen, an Oklahoma City attorney who is the state's first "First Gentleman." The couple has six children between them. They attend Crossings Community Church in northwest Oklahoma City.