Mary FallinDuring her time in public office, Mary has worked to promote economic growth and increase economic opportunities for Oklahomans. As Lieutenant Governor, she worked hard to help small business. It is a cause she continues to champion in the nation's capital.

In 1997, Mary took aim at Oklahoma's skyrocketing workers compensation costs, one of the state's biggest detriments to economic development. The "Fallin Commission on Workers' Compensation Reform" recommended sweeping legal changes to the workers' compensation system that were adopted by the Oklahoma Legislature.

Now, as a member of the Small Business Committee, she continues to fight for tax cuts and aggressively oppose unnecessary government regulation and unfunded mandates. She is a tireless advocate of rural economic development, traveling the state to encourage Oklahoma communities to pursue jobs and growth. As ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Mary has worked to bring the destructive affect of rising gas prices to the attention of Congress.

Mary has also taken a special interest in women business owners. As Lieutenant Governor, she lent her support and time to events and projects associated with the National Association of Women Business Owners and other organizations that strive to improve the status of women in the workplace. In Congress, Mary sponsored and passed legislation to improve the Women's Business Center program that provides underprivileged women with the counseling and advice they need to enter the business world.

For her support of pro-growth, pro-job and pro-family policies, Mary has received awards from both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.