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Former Oklahoma Governor Henry to Speak at Oklahoma GAC
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:50 AM

Gov. Henry

Join your Oklahoma credit union colleagues at the 2015 Oklahoma Governmental Affairs Conference and see former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry's keynote address. The Oklahoma GAC takes place March 24–25, at the Credit Union House in Oklahoma City.

Gov. Henry served as Oklahoma's 26th governor, having been elected in 2002 and serving two terms through Jan. 10, 2011. As only the third governor to serve two consecutive terms, Gov. Henry, a democrat, was re-elected in 2006 by the largest vote margin in modern times and the second largest margin in state history. During his time in office, he consistently enjoyed high approval ratings in public opinion surveys, earning recognition as one of the most popular state chief executives in modern history.

Gov. Henry took office in the midst of the worst budget crisis in state history but forged a historic bipartisan agreement among legislative leaders, which shielded education and health care from massive cuts. Under his leadership, Oklahoma experienced an economic revival that included record budget shortfalls becoming record budget surpluses.

Gov. Henry’s efforts led to the largest personal income tax cut in state history and the elimination of the capital gains tax on Oklahoma-based property.  But his greatest emphasis was on the improvement of public education. The governor’s initiatives raised teacher salaries and benefits to historic levels, put more resources into the classroom, and set higher academic standards for students. The governor also expanded Oklahoma’s early childhood education programs, which are now rated among the best in the country, and dramatically increased funding for college scholarship programs.

In 2010, Gov. Henry was appointed by Pres. Barack Obama to the six-member Council of Governors. The Council, created by an executive order by Pres. George W. Bush, works closely with the secretary of defense, the secretary of homeland security, and other defense and national security advisors to exchange views, information, and advice on matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense, and synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities.

Gov. Henry is a founding member of Henry-Adams Companies, LLC, and is currently working with Edmond law firm of Lester, Loving & Davies, P.C. 

To joint your colleagues and hear Gov. Henry speak, register for the Oklahoma GAC.