Stitt to be sworn in as 28th gover­nor

In­au­gu­ra­tion • Cer­e­mony set for 11:30 a.m. Mon­day at state Capi­tol

Tulsa World - - Front Page - By Randy Kre­hbiel

A new era of lead­er­ship be­gins Mon­day when Jenks' Kevin Stitt is sworn in as Ok­la­homa's 28th gover­nor.

The cer­e­mony, which is free and open to the pub­lic, is sched­uled for 11:30 a.m. on the south steps of the state Capi­tol in Ok­la­homa City.

Sworn in with Stitt will be Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mike Hunter, State Su­per­in­ten­dent Joy Hofmeis­ter, Au­di­tor and In­spec­tor Cindy

Byrd, Trea­surer Randy McDaniel, In­sur­ance Com­mis­sioner Glen Mul­ready, La­bor Com­mis­sioner Les­lie Os­born and Cor­po­ra­tion Com­mis­sioner Bob An­thony.

Pinnell, Mul­ready and Hofmeis­ter are Tul­sans.

Ar­guably, Stitt is the least po­lit­i­cally con­nected gover­nor in the state's his­tory. Not since the 1940s has the state elected a chief ex­ec­u­tive known pri­mar­ily as a busi­ness­man; in those in­stances the win­ners — Robert Kerr in 1942 and Roy Turner in 1946 — had ex­ten­sive po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tions.

Stitt was un­known even to party reg­u­lars when he en­tered the race. He had never been more than an oc­ca­sional cam­paign donor and did not move in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles.

Vir­tu­ally un­known when he en­tered the race in 2017, he spent $5 mil­lion of his own money and $10 mil­lion over­all to make him­self known in a crowded GOP pri­mary field. His op­po­nents in­cluded two-term lieu­tenant gover­nor Todd Lamb and Ok­la­homa City Mayor Mick Cor­nett.

Sec­ond to Cor­nett in the pri­mary, Stitt won the runoff hand­ily and put up record num­bers against Demo­crat Drew Ed­mond­son in the gen­eral elec­tion thanks to huge mar­gins out­side the Tulsa and Ok­la­homa City metro ar­eas.

In­au­gu­ra­tion

When: 11:30 a.m. Mon­day. Pub­lic is en­cour­aged to ar­rive no later than 11 a.m.

Where: State Capi­tol, south steps, 2300 N. Lin­coln Blvd., Ok­la­homa City.

Ac­cess: The event is free and open to the pub­lic but seat­ing is lim­ited.

Park­ing: Pub­lic park­ing in lots south of the Capi­tol, at the Will Rogers Build­ing north­west of the Capi­tol, and at the ex­treme north edge of the Capi­tol com­plex. Ad­di­tional park­ing avail­able after 10:15 a.m. north­west of the Capi­tol and at the Harn Home­stead, 1721 N. Lin­coln Blvd.

Mis­cel­la­neous: A re­cep­tion in the Capi­tol will fol­low the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony.

• No gifts, large bags or drones al­lowed.

Stitt takes of­fice after a run of lean years for state gov­ern­ment and just as a se­ries of changes to the tax laws add an es­ti­mated $500 mil­lion to an­nual rev­enue.

His slo­gan has been “Ok­la­homa's turn­around be­gins right here, right now.” At 11:30 a.m. Mon­day morn­ing, Ok­la­homa vot­ers be­gin to find out if that's true.

MIKE SI­MONS/ Tulsa World

Gov.-Elect Kevin Stitt speaks at his PreI­nau­gu­ral Red­bud Ball at the Cox Busi­ness Cen­ter in Tulsa on Satur­day.

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