Oklahoma governor picks 2 more cabinet secretaries

March 15, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s new Gov. Kevin Stitt has nearly filled out his cabinet after appointing two more secretaries to posts this week.

Stitt announced Dr. Kayse Shrum, the president of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences, will serve as his secretary of science and innovation. He also appointed energy industry executive Jerome Loughridge to serve as his secretary of health and mental health. Loughridge has been president of Great Plains Oilfield Rental since 2012.

Both cabinet positions require Senate confirmation.

Stitt has just one cabinet position left to appoint, secretary of veterans affairs. That position was left open after Stitt’s previous pick for that post, Brian Brurud , withdrew his nomination.

On Friday, Stitt also reappointed Jordan Russell of Freedom to another six-year term on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

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