Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, speaking at RNC: 'Our country is divided, our people are afraid, and our spirits are nearly broken'; says Donald Trump has 'has bold ideas and he speaks truth to power,' will get country on 'right track'
Editor's note: Tonight is the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and Donald Trump is expected to officially accept the party's nomination. He'll be tonight's main speaker, and pundits are wondering which Trump will come to the stage: the controversial, brash businessman or a more toned-down, general election-focused candidate? The evening's theme is "Make America One Again," and Ivanka Trump is slated to introduce her father. RNC chair Reince Priebus, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel are also on the speakers' roster, among others. Festivities should kick off around 7:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch live video here. - Rebecca
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on veto of 'ambitious' and 'vague' abortion proposal: 'While I consistently have and continue to support a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, this legislation cannot accomplish that re-examination' - The Oklahoman
Mary Fallin (born December 9, 1954) is an American politician who is the 27th and current Governor of Oklahoma. A member of the Republican Party, Fallin was elected governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
Born in Warrensburg, Missouri, Fallin is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Beginning her career working for a variety of multiple Oklahoma state government agencies for several years, in 1983 Fallin entered the private sector, becoming a regional hotel manager and a real estate broker.
Beginning a career in politics, Fallin was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1990. She served two terms in the Oklahoma House, representing a district in Oklahoma City, from 1990 to 1995. In 1994, Fallin was elected to serve as the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma; being elected to a total of three terms, she served under two different governors from 1995 to 2007. After seven-term Republican incumbent Ernest Istook announced that he would retire from his seat to run for governor, Fallin declared her candidacy for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district, where she was elected to two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 2007 to 2011.
In September 2009, Fallin announced her intention to run for the Republican nomination for governor of Oklahoma. She defeated three other opponents with 54% of the vote in the Republican primary, and defeated the Democratic nominee, Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins, with 60% of the vote in the general election. She was sworn into office on January 10, 2011.
Fallin was the second woman elected to the United States Congress from Oklahoma. The first was Alice Mary Robertson, elected to Congress in 1921, who served for one term from 1921 to 1923. Fallin was the first Republican and first woman to serve as Oklahoma's lieutenant governor, as well as the first woman to be elected as Oklahoma's governor.