Mary Copeland Fallin
Mary Copeland Fallin, was born December 9, 1954, in Warrensburg, Missouri, and grew up in Tecumseh, Oklahoma, was elected Governor of Oklahoma November 2, 2010. She is a Christian, and has a perfect score of 100 from the National Right to Life Committee.
She received her bachelor's (BS) degree from Oklahoma State University.
She worked in business before first running for the state Assembly, where she served two terms from Oklahoma City.
She was elected as Oklahoma's first Republican and first female lieutenant governor in 1994. She served three terms before running for the United States House of Representatives in the 5th Congressional District, which includes Oklahoma City. Fallin decided in 2010 not to seek re-election to a third term in the House and instead ran for the open governor's seat being vacated by term-limited Democrat Brad Henry. She also picked up some high-powered endorsements during her primary race, including 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Congressman Ron Paul.
Mary Fallin is once divorced and remarried to Wade Christensen, an attorney and farmer from Thomas, Oklahoma. Together, they have six children and are active members of the Crossings Community Church.
House of Representatives
She has been sharply critical of President Barack Obama's federal health care plan (Obamacare), as well as spending and stimulus plans. She called the Democratic proposal to levy a 90 percent tax on American International Group executive bonuses "a cynical, unconstitutional measure." She is a conservative who has seldom strayed from the GOP leadership positions while in Congress.
Fallin emerged in 2006 as the leader of a strong six-candidate field in the primary and won in a runoff over a popular Oklahoma City mayor.
In her first bid for re-election, she did not draw a primary foe and easily defeated Democrat Steven Perry in the 2008 general election.
Fallin gained national attention by speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2008.
In her first year in the House in 2007, she sponsored legislation to help small businesses owned by women.
In her U.S. House re-election bid, Fallin said national security was at the top of her agenda, along with immigration changes that secure the country's borders and an energy policy that provides alternatives to fossil fuels but allows expanded drilling for oil.