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2007 Kate Barnard Award Recipient                                                                     

Congresswoman Mary Fallin

Picture of Mary Fallin 2007 Kate Barnard Award Rec
Mary Fallin has been making history in Oklahoma since 1994 when she was elected the state’s first woman and first Republican lieutenant governor. As lieutenant governor, Fallin pursued an aggressive agenda focusing on economic development, education, health care, and government reform.

In the cabinet-level position of small business advocate during the Keating administration, Fallin championed the cause of small business in Oklahoma and took on issues such as the rising cost of health insurance and alleviating excessive government regulation. As lieutenant governor, Fallin initiated several economic development events including the Small Business Day at the Capitol and the first-ever Oklahoma Aerospace Summit and Expo.

As lieutenant governor, Fallin served as the president of the Senate as well as on 10 boards and commissions that impact the quality of life and business in Oklahoma, including the Tourism and Recreation Commission, State Board of Equalization, Oklahoma Land Commission, and the Film Advisory Commission.

On the national level, Fallin served as the honorary chair of the Energy Advocates, as well as former national chair of the Aerospace States Association, and chaired both the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association and the National Lieutenant Governors Association.

Fallin has served on the boards of the United Way of Oklahoma City and YWCA. After the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, Fallin led the efforts to raise money to rebuild the YMCA Day Care Development Center in downtown Oklahoma City. She has also served as honorary chair of the Organ Donor Sharing Network and as co-chair of the Festival of Hope, which benefits mental health and wellness.


Last Modified on 10/01/2010