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Oklahoma Interim Commissioner of Health
Tom Bates became the interim commissioner on April 2, 2018, after serving as Governor Fallin's special adviser on child welfare and Pinnacle Plan implementation. Prior to that, he was in the Attorney General’s office for 15 years.
A native Oklahoman, Bates graduated from U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, and earned a bachelor’s degree and his juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University.
Bates is an active member of Putnam City United Methodist Church and has served the congregation in a variety of leadership roles. He is a graduate of Leadership Bethany and has served on the board of directors for the Bethany Chamber of Commerce. He is also a graduate of the Oklahoma Bar Association's leadership academy and Leadership Oklahoma Class 28.
He and his wife, Kellye, have been married for 29 years. They have two sons, Andy, a teacher and coach at U.S. Grant, and Billy, who is a 2018 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Phone: (405) 271-4200
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