Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fallin Names Sullivan, Rainbolt, Sherrer To Posts

Oklahoma Governor-elect Mary Fallin introduced key members of her economic team today during an event at Tulsa aerospace and aviation firm NORDAM.

Fallin named Tulsa businessman Robert Sullivan, Jr. to serve as Special Advisor to the Governor on Economic Development. Sullivan will be charged with establishing a taskforce for the purpose of examining Oklahoma’s tax code as well as its rules and regulations affecting business development. The task force will provide the governor with a series of recommendations designed to improve the state’s business climate and create jobs.

Fallin also named the first two members of the taskforce: Chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber and BancFirst CEO David Rainbolt and former state Representative Gary Sherrer, who currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rural Enterprises, Incorporated.

“As I said during the campaign, my first priority as governor will be to bring more jobs and opportunities to working Oklahomans,” Fallin said. “I’ve asked Bob Sullivan, who has been a pillar of Tulsa’s business community for decades, to work with me on putting together an economic team that will lay the foundation for a more prosperous Oklahoma. With the addition of David Rainbolt, one of Oklahoma’s great business minds, and Gary Sherrer, a tireless advocate for rural Oklahoma, we are off to a great start.”

Fallin also announced that Lieutenant Governor-elect Todd Lamb will serve as Small Business Advocate, a cabinet-level position in the Fallin administration. Fallin said she was excited to work with Lamb, who currently serves as the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in state history.

“Todd Lamb has been an effective leader in the Oklahoma State Senate and a strong advocate for the kind of policies that create jobs and economic growth,” Fallin said. “He’ll be a welcome addition to my cabinet and a strong voice for small business within my administration.”

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