Secretary of State, Education and Workforce Devleopment - Dave Lopez
Lopez is a longtime civic and community leader and currently serves as an independent consultant.
From 2013 to 2014, he served as interim superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools while the school board launched and concluded a national search for a permanent superintendent.
Lopez previously served as president of Oklahoma City-based American Fidelity Foundation, a charitable foundation that gives grants for economic development, education, human services and the arts. Before joining American Fidelity Foundation, Lopez served as president of Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.
Prior to that, he had a 22-year career with SBC Communications (now AT&T), including serving as president of SBC Oklahoma and as president of SBC Texas.\
Lopez serves on numerous boards, including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Banc First Corp., Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, University of Oklahoma College of Education Board of Advisers, University of Central Oklahoma Foundation and Wes Welker Foundation.
He has received many honors and awards including induction into the Oklahoma City University Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor, the Corporate Advocate Award from the Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Oklahoma City chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Lopez earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New Mexico State University. He and his wife, Lana, live in Oklahoma City and have five children and eight grandchildren.
Secretary of the Military - Gen. Michael Thompson
Gen. Michael Thompson serves as the secretary of the military and as the adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard.
Thompson previously served as secretary of safety and security and commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and as a zone commander in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Thompson is the first African American to serve as either DPS commissioner or secretary of safety and security.
He also is a colonel in the Oklahoma National Guard, where he serves as commander of the 90th Troop Command. He is a combat veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge after two tours of duty in Iraq. He also received the Humanitarian Service Medal after his deployment to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Thompson earned a graduate degree in applied science from Oklahoma State University and a graduate degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Army War College. He received his undergraduate degree from Langston University.
Secretary of Agriculture - Jim Reese
Reese served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1987 to 2001 before serving as the State Executive Director for the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency. Reese also served as a policy advisor to former House Speaker Chris Benge. Reese has farmed in north central Oklahoma since 1978.
Reese graduated from Oklahoma State University before earning an associate degree in drafting and design from Northern Oklahoma College. He also attended the USDA Supervisory Academy at Texas A&M.
Secretary of Health and Human Services - Steve Buck
Steven Buck serves as secretary of health and human services and as executive director of the Office of Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs (OJA).
Buck has served as OJA’s executive director since February 2016. As executive director, he is responsible for the overall management of the agency's portfolio of operated and contracted programs and services. He works directly with the agency's governing board to facilitate agency priorities, planning and operational performance.
He has spent most of his professional career working with mental health agencies and organizations.
As secretary of health and human services, Buck is responsible for about 80 agencies, boards and commissions, including the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma State Health Department, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Before joining OJA, Buck served nine years as deputy commissioner for communications and prevention at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He directed the agency’s prevention and provider certification initiatives.
Buck, a native Oklahoman, he is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
Secretary of Veteran Affairs - Myles Deering, Maj. Gen. (retired)
Deering serves as the secretary of veteran affairs. Previously he served as the secretary of the military and as adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard.
During his 39-year military career, Deering has served in a wide variety of areas including in 2008 when he commanded troops for the Multi-National Force in Iraq. Before being named adjutant general in 2009, Deering served as director of manpower and personnel at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C.
He has received numerous military honors including the Bronze Star Medal, the Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and Legion of Merit. In 2005, Deering lead 2,500 Oklahoma National Guard troops during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and for his actions was given the Hero Award from the Oklahoma Red Cross.
Secretary of Safety and Security - Rusty Rhoades
Rhoades is the secretary of safety and security and commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
Rhoades began his career with the patrol in 1989 as a patrolman with the Oklahoma Capitol Patrol. He served as a trooper in Mayes County in Troop L and in Oklahoma City in Troop A. He was assigned to the governor’s security detail for then-Gov. David Walters in 1994, and then later was assigned to serve on the FBI Gang/Violent Crimes Task Force and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
He was promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and was assigned to the state Capitol where he was responsible for daily security operations. He was promoted to captain in 2006, and his duties included serving as legislative liaison for the Department of Public Safety. He was promoted to major in 2009.
Secretary of Science and Technology - Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier
Droegemeier is a Regents’ professor of meteorology, Weathernews chair emeritus, and Teigen presidential professor at OU. He formerly served on Fallin’s Science and Technology Council, chairing the academic research and development subcommittee.
Droegemeier co-founded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC) for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), which is today recognized around the world as the pioneer of storm-scale numerical weather prediction. He also co-founded the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), and served on the National Science Board under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and, under then-Governor Brad Henry, he chaired the Weather and Climate Team for the EDGE (Economic Development Generating Excellence) Program.
Droegemeier earned a B.S. with special distinction in meteorology from OU, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined OU in 1985 as an assistant professor of meteorology. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Norman.
Secretary of Transportation - Mike Patterson
Patterson previously served as the Executive Director of Oklahoma Department of Transportation and served as the Deputy Director for the agency for three years as well as filling the role of Chief Financial Officer since September 1999. Prior to this current position, he also served as the Comptroller for the agency for 15 years having begun his career with ODOT as the Deputy Comptroller in 1980.
Mike has been active with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for many years serving in several roles. Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Standing Committee of Performance Management (SCOPM) and as the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of Finance and Administration (SCOFA).
His education credentials consist of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting from Central State University in 1976 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1993.
He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Employees Credit Union. His service with the credit union began in 1983 when he served on the Supervisory Committee until 1991. Since that time he has served as a member of the Board of Directors in various leadership positions.
Patterson and his wife, Joy, live in Edmond. They have two daughters and five granddaughters.
Secretary of Commerce and Tourism - Deby Snodgrass
Deby Snodgrass has more than 30 years experience in marketing and public policy in the private sector. Prior to accepting the Executive Director’s post at the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Snodgrass served as Senior Director of Public Affairs for Chesapeake Energy. In that role, she developed and executed strategic political and public policy initiatives, managed both state and federal political action committees and monitored federal, state and local issues. Prior to her tenure at Chesapeake, Snodgrass was a founding partner of the public policy and research firm, Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates. She has been a frequent guest speaker and has taught policy and strategy at various national and international venues.
Secretary of Energy and Environment - Michael Teague
Michael Teague is serving as Oklahoma’s first secretary of Energy and Environment.
Prior to his appointment, Teague served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years before retiring with the rank of Colonel.
Teague served in many capacities during his time in the Army including commander for the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was responsible for a civil works program encompassing all of Oklahoma, a large portion of southern Kansas and the panhandle of northern Texas. He oversaw over 700 employees in engineering, construction and operations, as well as an annual budget of $700 million.
Throughout his career, Teague has dealt with power generation and distribution, water desalinization, and environmental impact studies. He has facilitated and negotiated numerous solutions regarding federal and state agencies, tribes, and local stakeholders and has acted as a liaison between the Tulsa District and the United States Congress.
Teague also served in operational assignments in Germany, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and numerous stateside duty stations. He deployed several times to the Middle East and central Asia including commanding the 52nd Engineer Battalion in Mosul, Iraq in support of the 101st Airborne Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Teague received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University. He also received master’s degrees in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.