Gov. Brad Henry remains uncertain what he will be doing when he leaves the Governor’s Mansion early next year when his second and last four-term expires.
“I have no idea,” the governor said Monday when asked about his job plans.
Henry, who is term limited and cannot run for re-election, and his wife, Kim, recently bought a home in northeast Oklahoma City near NE 122 and Bryant.
The governor said the first lady will continue to work as executive director of the Sarkeys Foundation in Norman.
“Hopefully I’ll find something around here that won’t cause any problems,” said Henry, a lawyer who served 10 years as a Democratic state senator from Shawnee before being elected the state’s chief executive in 2002.
Henry said there are no plans for the family to have just one wage-earner.
“I don’t think so, she doesn’t think so either,” the governor said. “I suggested that – maybe I could just go into retirement. She doesn’t appreciate that one bit.”
Henry said this past legislative session was the toughest during his nearly eight years in office as he and legislative leaders tackled revenue shortfalls both in the current fiscal year and in the upcoming 2011 fiscal year. The national recession, which hit the state nearly a year ago, helped cause Oklahoma’s worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression.
“I would love to have a year or two off, but I don’t think Kim would stand for that,” the governor said.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau