Governors of Oklahoma

Oklahoma governors have a curious history of serving only one term, although recent history might hide that fact to many. As the current and 28th governor John Kevin Stitt turns toward the back end of his first term, the questions start to arise. Is governor Stitt going to continue what may be the beginning of a new tradition or fall back into the long history of one-term Oklahoma governors? Governor Stitt took up the mantle of the governor of Oklahoma in January of 2019.

If recent history continues, it would appear that governor Stitt is in for the long haul. Since 1995 Oklahoma has only had four governors, including the current governor's service. That equates to a run of three consecutive governors who ran two-term campaigns.

Republican governor Frank Keating began the run holding office from January 9, 1995, to January 13, 2003. Keating was proceeded by Governor and Democrat Brad Henry, who served from January 13, 2003, to January 10, 2011. Henry was followed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin. Fallin also served a full two terms taking office on January 10, 2011, until January 14, 2019.

Are Oklahoma governors getting better, are the 4 million residents of Oklahoma voting differently? Whatever it is that has turned the one-term tide in the Sooner State, it seems that would be a good trend for Stitt and Oklahoma governors moving forward.

Name Term Start Term End Party
Charles N. HaskellNov 16, 1907Jan 9, 1911Democratic
Lee CruceJan 9, 1911Jan 11, 1915Democratic
Robert L. WilliamsJan 11, 1915Jan 13, 1919Democratic
James B. A. RobertsonJan 13, 1919Jan 8, 1923Democratic
Jack C. WaltonJan 8, 1923Nov 19, 1923Democratic
Martin E. TrappNov 19, 1923Jan 10, 1927Democratic
Henry S. JohnstonJan 10, 1927Mar 20, 1929Democratic
William J. HollowayMar 20, 1929Jan 1, 1931Democratic
William H. MurrayJan 1, 1931Jan 14, 1935Democratic
E. W. MarlandJan 15, 1935Jan 9, 1939Democratic
Leon C. PhillipsJan 9, 1939Jan 11, 1943Democratic
Robert S. KerrJan 11, 1943Jan 13, 1947Democratic
Roy J. TurnerJan 13, 1947Jan 8, 1951Democratic
Johnston MurrayJan 8, 1951Jan 10, 1955Democratic
Raymond D. GaryJan 10, 1955Jan 12, 1959Democratic
J. Howard EdmondsonJan 12, 1959Jan 6, 1963Democratic
George NighJan 6, 1963Jan 14, 1963Democratic
Henry BellmonJan 14, 1963Jan 9, 1967Republican
Dewey F. BartlettJan 9, 1967Jan 11, 1971Republican
David HallJan 11, 1971Jan 13, 1975Democratic
David BorenJan 13, 1975Jan 8, 1979Democratic
George NighJan 8, 1979Jan 12, 1987Democratic
Henry BellmonJan 12, 1987Jan 14, 1991Republican
David WaltersJan 14, 1991Jan 9, 1995Democratic
Frank KeatingJan 9, 1995Jan 13, 2003Republican
Brad HenryJan 13, 2003Jan 10, 2011Democratic
Mary FallinJan 10, 2011Jan 14, 2019Republican
Kevin StittJan 14, 2019-Republican