October 22, 2013
Governor Mary Fallin today named three Oklahomans to be Co-Chairmen of the Fallin for Governor Re-Election Campaign. The announcement comes after Fallin's statewide kickoff tour last week, which included rallies in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Lawton. Each co-chairman will help the campaign build a strong field organization and fundraising program in their respective regions.
"Our campaign co-chairmen are community leaders who understand what it takes to create jobs and attract and retain businesses in the state of Oklahoma," Fallin said. "They are also deeply involved in their respective communities. I am thrilled to have them on our team, representing our campaign in their hometowns."
Representing the Tulsa region is Joe Robson, a longtime leader in Tulsa home building and real estate. Robson is the former Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. He was named Oklahoma Builder of the Year in 1994 and recently inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame. He has served in leadership roles in both the Tulsa and Broken Arrow Chambers of Commerce as well as the Salvation Army. He is the current chairman of the board at RCB Bank.
"Tulsa has benefitted greatly from Governor Fallin's leadership, especially her commitment to creating the best possible environment for job creation and business growth," said Robson. "I'm thrilled to be part of a campaign that will help to ensure Tulsa and all of Oklahoma continue to build on their positive momentum."
BancFirst CEO David Rainbolt will serve as the Fallin campaign's Oklahoma City chair. Under his leadership, BancFirst has been a major sponsor and partner in Fallin's Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive, which has raised 5 million meals since 2010 for hungry Oklahomans. Rainbolt also served on Fallin's "Bold Ideas Taskforce," helping to develop innovative policy solutions aimed at creating jobs. He is a current member of the Judicial Nominating Commission. He previously served as the chairman of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
"Governor Fallin is a leader who delivers on her promises," said Rainbolt. "She's balanced the budget while cutting taxes and helped to create tens of thousands of jobs. Governor Fallin has improved economic opportunity for Oklahoma families. I want to do everything I can to help her continue doing exactly that."
Bill Burgess of Lawton is the campaign's third co-chairman. Burgess is the owner of the Lawton Constitution newspaper, the chairman of the board at Vortex and a senior partner of Burgess and Hightower Lawfirm. He is the current chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable and a former chairman of both the Oklahoma State Board of Regents and the State Chamber of Oklahoma. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2008.
"No one works harder for Oklahoma or for Lawton than Mary Fallin'" said Burgess. "We need more elected officials like Mary, who can work with people in both parties to deliver real results for Oklahoma families. Washington politicians, take note: this is what successful governance looks like."