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Oklahoma Gov. Fallin starts campaign for second term

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, a former congresswoman, state House representative and lieutenant governor, launched her campaign for a second term as governor on Thursday at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: October 18, 2013

With the state Capitol and the Devon Tower looming in the background, Gov. Mary Fallin began her campaign for a second term Thursday at the Oklahoma History Center. She also made stops in Tulsa and Lawton.

A former congresswoman, state House representative and lieutenant governor, Fallin became Oklahoma's first female governor when she took office in 2011.

In her first term, Fallin and her administration have focused on creating a pro-business economic climate in the state, pushing reductions in the state's income tax and backing changes in the state's civil justice system.

“I think our big goal moving forward is that we've got to keep our foot on the gas and keep Oklahoma's pro-growth and job creation economy going forward, because these are interesting times in our nation, especially with all of this going on in Washington, D.C.,” Fallin said to about 50 supporters.

Fallin touted her administration's economic accomplishments, including increasing the state's Rainy Day Fund and lowering Oklahoma's unemployment rate from 7 percent to where it currently stands at 5.3 percent.

Fallin said that in a second term she would increase economic and business growth by focusing “on right-sizing state government, making things more efficient, more effective.”

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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