Ok­la­homa sec­re­tary of state hands in res­ig­na­tion

Tulsa World - - Front Page - By Dale Denwalt dden­walt @ok­la­homan.com

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — Dave Lopez, who for the last year has served as Ok­la­homa's sec­re­tary of state, has sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion.

Lopez turned in his res­ig­na­tion let­ter to Gov. Mary Fallin on Mon­day. He wrote that he is re­sign­ing to fo­cus on per­sonal and busi­ness en­deav­ors. Lopez will leave the of­fice by March 30.

As sec­re­tary of state, Lopez serves as a se­nior ad­viser to the gov­er­nor on pol­icy, eco­nomic and leg­isla­tive is­sues. His of­fice also main­tains some state records, in­clud­ing gu­ber­na­to­rial procla­ma­tions, ex­ec­u­tive or­ders and cor­po­rate or­ga­ni­za­tion fil­ings. He served as the gov­er­nor's sec­re­tary of com­merce from 2011 un­til 2013.

“As sec­re­tary of state, he helped my ef­forts to im­ple­ment pro-growth, fis­cally re­spon­si­ble and con­ser­va­tive poli­cies to move our state for­ward. He also worked dili­gently with busi­ness lead­ers in the state who banded to­gether with com­mu­nity mem­bers to put to­gether the Step Up Ok­la­homa rev­enue and re­form pack­age, which nar­rowly failed to achieve the nec­es­sary three­fourths ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives last month,” Fallin said in a writ­ten state­ment.

“On ed­u­ca­tion and work­force, Dave and I share an un­wa­ver­ing be­lief that the key to longterm eco­nomic pros­per­ity is a good ed­u­ca­tion and high-qual­ity pub­lic schools. I wish him the best of luck in his fu­ture en­deav­ors.”

In March 2017, Lopez was se­lected for the role by Fallin af­ter for­mer sec­re­tary of state Mike Hunter ac­cepted the job of at­tor­ney gen­eral. The post, un­like other state of­fi­cials, is not an elected po­si­tion.

Be­fore en­ter­ing state ser­vice, Lopez served as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent of Ok­la­homa City Pub­lic Schools while the school board launched and con­cluded a na­tional search for a per­ma­nent su­per­in­ten­dent.

He pre­vi­ously served as pres­i­dent of Ok­la­homa City-based Amer­i­can Fi­delity Foun­da­tion, a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion that gives grants for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, hu­man ser­vices and the arts. Be­fore join­ing Amer­i­can Fi­delity Foun­da­tion, Lopez served as pres­i­dent of Down­town Ok­la­homa City Inc. and had a 22year ca­reer with SBC Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to Fallin's of­fice.

When Lopez be­came sec­re­tary of state, he con­tin­ued ser­vice on nu­mer­ous boards, in­clud­ing the Greater Ok­la­homa City Cham­ber of Com­merce, Banc First Corp., Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ok­la­homa City His­panic Cham­ber of Com­merce, Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Board of Ad­vi­sors, Univer­sity of Cen­tral Ok­la­homa Foun­da­tion and the Wes Welker Foun­da­tion.


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