Gov­er­nor, other state of­fi­cials to take oath of of­fice

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - BY BEN FELDER Staff Writer [email protected]­la­homan.com

New lead­ers take con­trol of Ok­la­homa gov­ern­ment Mon­day dur­ing a mid­day cer­e­mony to swear in the new gov­er­nor and eight other statewide of­fi­cials.

Kevin Stitt will be­come Ok­la­homa’s 28th gov­er­nor and Matt Pin­nell will be sworn in as lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, both en­ter­ing of­fice for the first time.

Other newly elected state of­fi­cials tak­ing of­fice in­clude Au­di­tor-elect Cindy Byrd, La­bor Com­mis­sioner­elect Les­lie Os­born and In­sur­ance Com­mis­sioner-elect Glen Mul­ready.

Cur­rent state schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Joy Hofmeis­ter and Cor­po­ra­tion Com­mis­sioner Bob An­thony, who both won re­elec­tion last year, will be­gin new terms.

Mike Hunter, who was ap­pointed at­tor­ney gen­eral in 2017, won a full term last year. Randy McDaniel, who was elected trea­surer for the first time in Novem­ber, was sworn into of­fice early this month to fill the last days of Ken Miller’s term. McDaniel will be­gin his full term Mon­day.

Ev­ery statewide of­fi­cial is a Repub­li­can. The terms are four years, ex­cept for cor­po­ra­tion com­mis­sion­ers, whose full terms are six years.

“It’s ex­tremely hum­bling but it’s also re­ally ex­cit­ing,” Pin­nell said. “It’s been a long road and we are ready to get started.”

Mon­day’s cer­e­mony is sched­uled to be­gin at 11:30 a.m. on the south steps of the state Capi­tol. At­ten­dance is free.

Stitt is ex­pected to de­liver his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress about 12:05 p.m.

Donelle Harder, Stitt's spokes­woman who took the lead in writ­ing the speech, said Stitt's ad­dress will lay out his vi­sion for the state.

"I think there are three things you will hear in the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress and those three things are pride, peo­ple and pur­pose," Harder said. "His goal is to re­mind us why we are proud to be the state we are to­day and why we can be proud of what's to come. He is go­ing to cast pur­pose for this new ad­min­is­tra­tion and the man­dates he was elected on that he has ev­ery in­ten­tion to carry out. And he is go­ing to re­mind us that we are all here for the peo­ple."

A pub­lic re­cep­tion in­side the Capi­tol will be af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony.

On Mon­day night, an in­au­gu­ral ball will be at the Cox Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in down­town Ok­la­homa City. The event costs $250 per per­son.

On Tues­day, an in­au­gu­ral prayer ser­vice will be at 9:30 a.m. at First Bap­tist Church of Moore.

The prayer ser­vice is free to at­tend but guests are asked to RSVP on Stitt's in­au­gu­ral web­site.

Randy McDaniel

Kevin Stitt

Matt Pin­nell

Les­lie Os­born

Mike Hunter

Glen Mul­ready

Bob An­thony

Cindy Byrd

Joy Hofmeis­ter

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