Stitt to be sworn in as 28th governor
Inauguration • Ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. Monday at state Capitol
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.
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.
Gov.-Elect Kevin Stitt speaks at his PreInaugural Redbud Ball at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa on Saturday.