Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Republican Fallin Reappoints Democrat Joe Hall, $5,000 Donor, To OSU/A&M Board Of Regents

Governor Fallin has announced the appointment of Democrat Joe Hall of Elk City to the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges (OSU/A&M) Board of Regents.

Hall lives in Elk City and is the owner of 4GH Ranch, a land and cattle operation, Joe D. Hall General Contractors, a construction firm, and is the chairman of InterBank.

Hall was first appointed in 2003 by Governor Brad Henry.

Joe Hall
Fallin's reappointment of Democrat Hall is the second such other-party selection Fallin has made in recent days that has some Republicans with raised eyebrows. Earlier, she reappointed Tulsa Democrat Peter J. Regan to the Transportation Commission, also considered one of the plum gubernatorial appointments.  Regan donated the maximum, $5,000, to Fallin's campaign.

Hall also donated $5,000 to Fallin's campaign, Ethics Commission records show. He also donated $500 to Fallin's opponent, Jari Askins, and $5,000 to Democrat Drew Edmondson's campaign for the Democratic nomination; Edmondson lost the primary to Askins.

“Joe has proven himself to be an effective and dedicated regent,” Fallin said of Hall. “No one is more passionate about the quality of our universities and colleges than he is. I know he will continue to do a great job.”

Hall is a member of the American Institute of Constructors, the Oklahoma Cattlemen Association and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. He is the past director of the Elk City Chamber of Commerce and past president and director of the Kiwanis Club.

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