Secretary of State - 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.
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Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology - Preston Doerflinger
An Oklahoma native, Doerflinger previously served as Tulsa city auditor. Doerflinger has a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.
In addition to serving as secretary of finance, Doerflinger serves as director of the Office of State Finance. He plays an important role in developing, communicating and implementing executive branch fiscal policies and oversees preparation of the Governor's Executive Budget for submission to the Legislature.
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Secretary of the Military - Maj. Gen. Robbie L. Asher
Maj. Gen. Robbie L. Asher serves as the secretary of the military and as the adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard. He was first appointed to the post in February 2015. During his 35-year military career, Asher has served in a wide variety of positions ranging from platoon leader to being selected as the adjutant general over all of the Army and Air National Guard for Oklahoma. In 2003-04, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the deputy commander for the 45th Infantry Brigade. Prior to being named adjutant general, he served as director, Joint Staff for seven years. His numerous military honors include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and many other federal and state awards. Asher has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma, master of science degree from Oklahoma State University and a masters from the U.S. Army War College.
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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.
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Secretary of Health and Human Services - Dr. Terry Cline
Dr. Cline serves as secretary of health and human services and as commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Dr. Cline was appointed commissioner of health in 2009 by the Oklahoma State Board of Health. He previously served as a health attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in the administrations of both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
He previously served as an administrator for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency committed to improving accountability, capacity and effectiveness in the nation’s substance abuse and mental health service delivery systems.
Additionally, he was a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the governing board for a Harvard teaching hospital in Cambridge, Mass.
Dr. Cline is an Ardmore native and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. He earned both a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University.
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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.
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Secretary of Safety and Security - Michael C. Thompson
Thompson is the secretary of safety and security and commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
Thompson previously served 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Secretary of Education and Workforce Development - Natalie Shirley
Natalie Shirley became president of OSU-OKC in 2011. She is the first female president in the OSU system.
Prior to her role at OSU-OKC, Shirley served as Oklahoma secretary of commerce and tourism for former Governor Brad Henry. She also served as the executive director of the Department of Commerce, the state’s leading economic development agency. Shirley has also served as president of ICI Mutual, an insurance company.
Shirley currently serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Oklahoma, SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, the Girl Scouts, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, BancFirst, the Oklahoma State Fair Board, AAA Oklahoma/South Dakota, as a trustee on the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum and on the community development advisory council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.