Governor Mary Fallin's office released a statement, saying the Governor has not started the process of finding Scott Pruitt's replacement because he hasn't officially resigned from office. In fact, if rumors end up true, Fallin may end up as the Interior Secretary even before Pruitt would get confirmed. That would lead to Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb being elevated to the chief executive spot, and making the decision, instead.
The current state process for replacing a statewide agency leader is spelled out in our state constitution. It empowers the current Governor to make an appointment to finish the current term. Then a general election will decide who recieves the next full term. If an appointee is elected to a full term, his previous time as AG-appointee will not count toward the 8-year term-limit set forth in our constitution.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...