Written by Dick Pryor on Thursday December 2, 2010
In 2002, Shawnee State Senator Brad Henry won a stunning upset victory over U.S. Representative State Largent and attorney Gary Richardson to become Oklahoma's 26th governor. Henry finished just over 7,000 votes ahead of the favored Largent, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. On January 13, 2003, Henry was officially sworn in as governor. At the age of 39, he became one of the youngest governors in the nation.
Henry was re-elected by a landslide in 2006, garnering 66% of the vote, twice as much as his Republican opponent. Now, with his second term nearing an end, Governor Brad Henry and First Lady Kim Henry returned to Oklahoma Forum to discuss their eight years as Oklahoma's first couple and their plans for the future.
Let's get the big question out of the way first. The governor did not announce what he will do next after leaving office. But, he did drop some hints about his interests. The First Lady's immediate role is very clear – she will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Sarkey's Foundation in Norman.
During our discussion, the Mr. and Mrs. Henry discussed the highlights of the governor's two terms in office, his governing style, and what life was like for them as the first couple (with three young daughters). Governor Henry clearly favors bipartisanship, and feels strongly about the economic and educational progress that the state has made in the last eight years. Having faced down a huge state economic revenue shortfall in 2003, Henry also had suggestions for how to manage the state's current economic crisis.
Be sure to watch this exclusive interview with Governor Brad Henry and First Lady Kim Henry, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on OETA, and also online.
Until next time,
(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Governor Brad Henry, First Lady Kim Henry)
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