Gov. Mary Fallin is the Chairman of the Commissioners. Elected November 2, 2010, she is the first female governor in Oklahoma’s history. During her 12-year tenure as lieutenant governor, Fallin became very familiar with the issues and goals of the Land Office. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, she has put job growth, education reform and government modernization as her priorities in office. In addition to serving as lieutenant governor, Fallin served two years as a state representative and four years in Congress.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was elected November 2, 2010. An Enid native, Lamb received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from Oklahoma City University. Following graduation, Lamb worked on the campaign and in the office of then-governor Frank Keating. In 1998, Lamb became a special agent with the United States Secret Service. Lamb left the Secret Service to run for the Oklahoma State Senate in 2004. He served six years in the Senate before running for lieutenant governor.
Joy Hofmeister was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, to be Oklahoma’s 14th state superintendent of public instruction. A former public school teacher and small business owner, Superintendent Hofmeister has devoted her life to teaching students and promoting higher student achievement. Prior to her successful campaign for state office, Hofmeister served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education from January 2012 through April 2013 as an appointee of Gov. Fallin. Hofmeister graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas Christian University, and holds teaching certificates in English and elementary education.
Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones has spent much of his adult life working to expand accountability in state government. He is a certified public accountant and a certified fraud inspector. In his 30s, he started a telecommunication company. In 1994, he sold the company to run for county commissioner in Comanche County. A former head of the state Republican party, Jones resigned that position to run for state auditor in 2010. He was elected to the post in November of that year. He has a degree in business administration and accounting.
Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese is the former executive director of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency. Reese has a degree in engineering technology from Oklahoma State University. He was raised on a wheat and dairy farm, and continues to operate his own farming enterprise. A former lawmaker, Secretary Reese served 15 years in the Oklahoma House of Representative before accepting the Oklahoma Farm Service appointment. In 2008, he returned to the Capitol to serve as policy advisor to Speaker of the House Chris Benge.