Our new Governor-Elect Mary Fallin.
First woman Lt. Gov.; then first woman since the 1920’s to represent our state in Congress; and now the first woman Governor.
Republicans totally swept the State races this year. While Oklahoma usually goes Repub for national races, the local races usually – until recently – stayed Democrat. And for the first time ever there will be a Repub controlled legislature with a Republican Governor. It’s going to be interesting.
Here’s a guy to watch:
James Lankford. Came out of nowhere to take the seat being vacated by Mary. Truly a “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” scenario. Caught my attention when I heard him speak during that very first debate … But can a man who ran a church camp for a living make it in D.C.? I know a lot of politicians claim they are called to run for office, but in Lankford’s case, I can believe it. Okay, so the church camp is a huge thing and for lots of kids it was “Uh, I remember that one time at
band camp Falls Creek ..” My own dad got expelled from Falls Creek back when he was a teen because he borrowed a school bus to take a girl out on a date. Anyway. I digress. Lankford. Have a watch out for him. I’m betting he goes far.
Our new Lt. Governor Todd Lamb (left in photo). A former Secret Service agent and all around good guy. He was floating about three feet off the ground last night as he made the rounds of all the newscasters. Also in the photo is Senator Cliff Branan, who was re-elected by default when his opponent dropped out of the race early.
In all, the State Senate picked up six new Republicans, several from seats that had never gone Republican before. Changes are coming and I daresay the good-old-boy system we’ve had has finally changed. Whether a new good-old-boy system takes its place is another question for another day.
I hope all these new faces take time to realize that quite a few people blazed this trail for them … a good many of the current ones came in at a time when they were in the minority. A story in the making since the time before statehood.
Here’s to serving honorably and honestly. Let the new games begin!