Matt Pinnell

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Matt Pinnell
17th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
GovernorKevin Stitt
Preceded byTodd Lamb
Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Branding
Assumed office
January 18, 2019
GovernorKevin Stitt
Preceded byPosition established
Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party
In office
June 26, 2010 – April 20, 2013
Preceded byGary Jones
Succeeded byDave Weston[1]
Personal details
Born (1979-08-15) August 15, 1979 (age 39)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lisa Pinnell
Children4
EducationOral Roberts University (BA)
WebsiteGovernment website

Matt Pinnell (born August 15, 1979) is an American politician. He is the 17th lieutenant governor of Oklahoma, since 2019. Pinnell is also serving as the first and current Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism & Branding.[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Pinnell graduated from Oral Roberts University.[4][5] He served as chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party from 2010 to 2013. He then worked for the Republican National Committee as the National State Party Director.[6] Pinnell also worked on a campaign for former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.[7]

Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma[edit]

On April 20, 2017, Pinnell announced his candidacy for the office of lieutenant governor in the 2018 lieutenant gubernatorial elections.[8] On June 26, 2018, Pinnell finished in the top two in the Republican primary election, and he and Dana Murphy advanced to a runoff election,[9] in which Pinnell defeated Murphy.[7] Pinnell defeated Democratic candidate Anastasia Pittman in the lieutenant gubernatorial election on November 6.[10] Pinnell was sworn in on January 14, 2019.[11]

On January 18, 2019, Governor Kevin Stitt selected Pinnell to serve as the first Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Branding. Stitt separated the departments of Tourism and Commerce to be their own stand-alone agencies.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oklahoma Republicans elect new leaders". Newsok.com. April 21, 213. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Scavelli, Melissa (January 24, 2019). "Governor Kevin Stitt releases his first executive orders". KOKH. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Stitt names Matt Pinnell as Secretary of Tourism". Tulsa Beacon. January 24, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Trump job speculation now includes former Oklahoma Republican party chairman". Newsok.com. November 14, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Young Republican Matt Pinnell presides over Oklahoma party's growth". Newsok.com. August 27, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.claremoreprogress.com/news/mr-fix-it-vying-for-lt-governor-seat/article_216f4106-23e3-11e8-8f1e-478e0b994aca.html
  7. ^ a b "Pinnell wins GOP nomination for lieutenant governor". Newsok.com. August 28, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Matt Pinnell For Lt. Governor". Matt Pinnell for Lieutenant Governor. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Murphy, Pinnell headed to runoff in lieutenant governor's race". Newsok.com. June 27, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Ellis, Ashley (November 6, 2018). "Republican Matt Pinnell to be Oklahoma's Lieutenant Governor". KTUL. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/kevin-stitt-sworn-in-as-oklahoma-s-th-governor-monday/article_4bdaf606-976d-56bc-acde-260c19113221.html
  12. ^ Barbara Hoberock. "Stitt taps Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell as secretary for Tourism and Branding". Tulsa World. Retrieved February 2, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Todd Lamb
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
2019–present
Incumbent