At a Glance
- Career History: Former U.S Representative (2007-2011); Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor (1995-2007); Oklahoma State Representative (1990-1995)
- Birthday: December 9, 1954
- Hometown: Tecumseh, Oklahoma
- Alma Mater: Oklahoma State University, B.S.
- Spouse: Wade Christensen
- Religion: Church of God
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Path to Power
Growing up in a politically-minded family, both Fallin's mother and father served as mayor of her hometown of Tecumseh, Okla., at different times. She held class office in high school and worked as a page in the state House, but her political career officially began when Fallin became an Oklahoma state representative in 1990. After two terms, she was elected Oklahoma's first female and first Republican lieutenant governor (LG), which gave her reign over the state Senate as its president.
In 2000, Fallin forced a vote on right-to-work issues as the Senate president. Similarly, she tried to force a vote on workers' compensation reform in 2005.
Fallin voted with the majority of House Republicans in Congress 96.3 percent of the time during the 111th Congress.
During her 2010 gubernatorial campaign, she opposed State Question 744 known as "Helping Oklahoma Public Education Act," which would have required Oklahoma to match the average per-pupil educational spending of neighboring states. The measure was defeated.
During her 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Fallin was endorsed by Mississippi Gov. and then-Republican Governors' Association Chair Haley Barbour, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.