One Oklahoma legislator sees the possibility that Gov. Mary Fallin could be appointed to one of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet positions.
Sen. Stephanie Bice was on hand at last Friday’s ribbon cutting and reception of the new Yukon Veteran’s Museum. She represents District 22, which includes parts of Piedmont and Yukon, and took a few minutes to talk about national politics while celebrating the opening of the museum.
Bice said Fallin, who has met with the president-elect and is part of the new administration’s transition team, could be in the running for the Secretary of the Interior cabinet post.
Fallin has been governor of Oklahoma since 2011 and is term-limited out after her current term expires. News accounts indicate she is leading contender for interior secretary on Trump’s cabinet.
“The reason is that particular position deals a lot with tribal affairs and she has so much experience in Oklahoma with tribal compacts and negotiating with the tribes,” Bice said.
“The transition team feels like she may be a good fit for that.”
Bice said Fallin is ready to serve if she is tabbed as the next interior secretary.
“She’s been excited about the possibility of serving at that level and now it’s a possibility, Bice said.
If Fallin were to assume the cabinet position, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb would fill in as governor until the next election and would have the option of whether or not to appoint a lieutenant governor to fill that post in the meantime.