Our Team

A Strategic Alliance Of Attorneys, For Clients

Christensen Law is committed to putting our clients first regardless of our bottom line. We have developed synergistic relationships with outside attorneys and firms in variety of specialties. As a result, each client is given careful consideration and provided a legal team with experienced attorneys possessing the specialized knowledge and skills to handle the client’s needs.

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Mary Fallin-Christensen

Sr. Advisor & Consultant

D. Wade Christensen

Managing Director

Practice Areas:
• Workers’ Compensation Defense
• Subrogation and Indemnity
• Agriculture
• Appellate Practice
• Banking
• Business Transactions
• Civil Litigation
• Employment
• Healthcare.
• Insurance
• Oil and Gas
• Real Estate

Education:
• J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1983
• B.B.A., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1977 (Business Administration)
• Visiting Student, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1975

Bar Admissions:
• All Oklahoma State Courts
• U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
• U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships:
• American Bar Association
• Oklahoma Bar Association
• Oklahoma County Bar Association
• Oklahoma County Workers’ Compensation Committee
• Phi Delta Phi
• Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel and Defense Research Institute

Publications:
• Oklahoma Workers Compensation Act 2011, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, June 2012, pages 25-26, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD,  Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• Obama Care – A Pyrrhic Victory, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, September 2012, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• Accountable Care Organizations, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, November 2012, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• Meaningful Use Stage 2, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, February 2013, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• CRNA and Supervisor Liability, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, June 2013, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• Pulmonary Edema and Multi-Organ Injuries Caused by Pyrethrins and Piperonyl Butoxide, Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, February 2019, co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD and S .Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD.

Awards & Honors:
• Star Agribusiness Man – Oklahoma’s First Recipient
• Oklahoma Farm Bureau Agriculture Advocate Award
• Leadership in Law – Journal Record

Presentations:
• Lecturer at education seminars on the following topics: Workers’ Compensation Law, Claims Handling and Case Management.

Community Leadership & Activities:
• First Gentleman of the State of Oklahoma – 2011 to 2019
• Friends of The Mansion – Past Chairman and Current Advisory Member
• National Governors Association Spouse’s Leadership Committee – Past Chairman and Vice Chairman
• Oklahoma Children’s Hospital – Board of Advocates
• Oklahoma Library Association – Endowment Advisory Board
• The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Celebration of Hope – Honorary Chair
• Crossings Community Church – Member
• Committee of One Hundred – Member
• “It’s a Guy Thing” for the City Rescue Mission – Co-Chair with Governor George Nigh
• Campaign for Justice Fundraiser – Honorary Co-Chair
• Rotary Club of Oklahoma City – Member
• Kids’ Chance of Oklahoma – Vice President
• Allied Arts Circle – Member
• Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations Academy Graduate
• SALLT – Salt and Light Leadership Training Class 16 Graduate 2020
• Board of Governors, Oklahoma State University

With over 35 years of litigation experience, Wade concentrates his practice in the area of workers’ compensation defense representing employers, insurers, and self-insured employers in Oklahoma. Christensen excels in developing and implementing defensive strategies that seek early resolution of cases through non-suit, motion practice, or early settlement. Wade employs his education legal background and significant experience to identify the relevant legal issues and seek swift and just resolution of these issues.

Wade earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa School of Law in 1983. Wade is a member of the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, Oklahoma County Workers’ Compensation Committee, Phi Delta Phi, and Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel and Defense Research Institute.

In addition to juggling his professional career, Wade is also a strong supporter of his wife’s, former Governor Mary Fallin-Christensen, role in public service. The First Gentleman served as chairman of Friends of the Mansion and as an advocate for the Foundation of the Children’s Hospital. He also served as honorary co-chair of the Campaign For Justice Fundraiser benefiting Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, which provides legal services to those in need. For his efforts, the Journal Record awarded him the Leadership in Law Award. Additionally, the First Gentleman partnered with Oklahoma Authors to create a cookbook titled, “Getting Grilled” by Wade Christensen, in order to raise funds for a local nonprofit organization.

Wade also served as the chairman of the National Governors Association Spouses Leadership Committee. During his chairmanship, he led the first ever national initiative on agriculture entitled, America’s Farms: Feeding and Strengthening Communities. Wade highlighted the importance of the agriculture sector and its role in the country’s local, national, and global economy, as well as the overall impact agriculture has on the country’s private and overall public health.

In Wade’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, their children, Blake and wife, Sarah, Adam and wife, Elizabeth, Christina and husband, Omar, Brittiany, Price and wife, Madison, and Alex as well as their three grandsons and granddaughter. He also enjoys attending sporting events, skiing, boating on Grand Lake, traveling and motorcycle riding, farming and ranching.

Gary D. Long

Director

Practice Areas:
• Workers’ Compensation Defense
• Insurance

Education:
• J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1975
• B.A., Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma, 1973 (Speech Communications and Economics)

Bar Admissions:
• All Oklahoma State Courts
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Professional Memberships:
• Oklahoma Bar Association

Published Opinions:
• Chris Chronister v. Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co, 2005 OK CIV APP 32.

Presentations:
• Numerous presentations to employers and insurance adjusters on workers’ compensation defense and new law developments

Gary’s sole focus is defending self-insured employers and insurance companies before the Oklahoma Court of Existing Claims and the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, with more than thirty years of experience. He is detail oriented, taking pride in the results of his efforts. Gary is efficient and effective in the litigation process as well as the process of negotiation. Gary’s philosophy in dealing with his opposition is: “You will never beat me in the hallway. You will have to do it in the Court room!”

Gary attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University on a debate scholarship which proved a valuable training ground for his current profession, both of which require analytical thinking and concise, coherent communication. Gary then attended Oklahoma City University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1975. His early law practice involved areas of personal injury, probate, contracts, divorce and criminal law. Gary began his Workers’ Compensation Defense practice in 1984 when he took over defending Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company from a senior partner in the law firm he worked for who was appointed to the Oklahoma County District Court bench. Gary still represents Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company and has done so continuously since 1984.

Outside of work, Gary enjoys spending time with his family, including wife, Tina, their three children and spouses and their three grandsons. Away from work, Gary can likely be found on the golf course, doing yard work or working on an array of home projects which provide a welcome diversion to his intense professional life.

Judge (Ret.) L. Brad Taylor

Director

Practice Areas:
• Workers’ Compensation Defense
• Multiple Injury Trust Fund Defense
• Employment Law
• Subrogation & Indemnity
• Civil Litigation
• Appellate Practice
• Business Transactions
• Insurance Defense

Education:
• J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1994.
• B.B.A., Baylor University, Waco, Texas 1989.

Academic:
• University of Tulsa College of Law: Elected Class President
• University of Tulsa College of Law: Selected Most Outstanding Law Student
• University of Tulsa College of Law: An Editor of nationally recognized Energy Law Journal
• University of Tulsa College of Law: Selected by faculty and student body to give a keynote address during graduation
• Baylor University: Dean’s Honor List

Bar Admissions:
• All Oklahoma State Courts
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

Professional Memberships:
• American Bar Association
• Oklahoma Bar Association
• Tulsa County Bar Association
• Tulsa County Workers’ Compensation Committee
• Oklahoma County Bar Association
• Phi Delta Phi

Presentations:
• Various organizations, educational institutions and numerous Fortune 500 Companies on topics ranging from complex litigation to workers’ compensation.

Awards and Honors:
Professional:
• The youngest State Judge in Oklahoma history to be approved by the Judicial Nominating Committee, appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate
• The longest consecutively serving State Presiding Judge (Under two different Governors) in Oklahoma judicial history
• Served as a liaison between the State Senate, State House, The Governor’s office and various state agencies
• Selected to assist in transitioning the court into The Workers’ Compensation Commission
• Graduate of the OSBI Citizen’s Academy

Community Leadership & Community Service:
• Presiding State Judge 2012-2020
• Speaking at multicultural events in English and Chinese
• Participation in heritage workshops
• Assistance in international adoptions
• Translation services
• Basketball Coach
• Legal ethics presentations (for continuing education credit for lawyers and adjusters)
• Iron Gate food bank
• Legal aid clinics

Teaching
• Adjunct Professor

Since being selected by the Governor as the Presiding Judge of the Workers’ Compensation Court in 2012 to 2020, Judge(Ret.) Taylor has been responsible for hearing and deciding cases while analyzing, interpreting statutes and case law as well as transitioning the court into The Workers’ Compensation Commission. In addition, he provided help scheduling and oversight for multiple judges and acted as a liaison between the State Senate, State House, The Governor’s office and various state agencies and the Workers’ Compensation Court. Judge Taylor’s judicial philosophy can be summed up in three words, Effective, Efficient and Fair. Effective by striving to bring a prompt resolution to all cases, Efficient by implementing cost saving measures, using combined resources, multitasking by court personnel, and personally maintaining each week a court docket both in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Fair, Judge Taylor has issued well over 2,750 Orders on trials and hearings where decisions are based on facts, legislation and case law while maintaining a forum where all parties were respected and provided an equal opportunity to present their case and receive prompt resolution.

Judge Taylor brings a very unique set of skills and insight as a Director at Christensen Law by combining his experience as Oklahoma’s longest consecutively serving State Presiding Judge along with an extensive history of representing respondents in all stages of workers’ compensation ranging from trials to Supreme Court appeals. Aside from workers’ compensation matters, Judge Taylor has been involved in all aspects of civil litigation from jury trials to arbitration. Judge Taylor’s motto best sums up his proven legal skills to represent your company as a Director at Christensen Law, “Prepared for Resolution, Ready for Battle(TM) ”.

Judge Taylor and his wife Margie, have traveled extensively throughout Asia and have completed three international adoptions from China. They have three children and his free time is spent between Kung Fu lessons and competitions for his son Kamran, high school and competitive basketball for his middle daughter Kendal and preparing his oldest daughter Madison to start college in the Fall, along with spending time with his family’s two dogs Shaolin and Sterling in the Cane Corso Association of America.

Adam W. Christensen

Director

Practice Areas:
• Subrogation and Recovery Services
• Workers’ Compensation Defense
• Litigation
• Civil Litigation
• Business Transactions

Education:
• J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2011
• M.B.A., Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2011
• B.A., University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2007 (Zoology and Biomedical Science)
• Registered Securities Representative, Series 7 and 63 Licensed

Bar Admissions:
• All Oklahoma State Courts
• U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Memberships:
• American Bar Association
• Oklahoma Bar Association
• Oklahoma County Bar Association

Awards & Honors:
• Dean’s Fellowship Award
• William J. Holloway Inn of Court
• Phi Gamma Beta Honor Society
• National Society of Collegiate Scholars
• Oklahoma’s 30 Under 30 – Award Recipient

Presentations and Publications:
• Oklahoma Workers Compensation Act 2011, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, June 2012, pages 25-26, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD,  Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• Obama Care – A Pyrrhic Victory, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, September 2012, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• Accountable Care Organizations, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, November 2012, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• Meaningful Use Stage 2, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, February 2013, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al
• CRNA and Supervisor Liability, Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin, June 2013, Co-Authors, D. Wade Christensen, JD, Adam W. Christensen, JD, MBA and S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PHD, JD et al

Community Leadership & Activities:
• American Red Cross – Board Member
• Rotary Club of Oklahoma City
• Positive Tomorrows – Finance Committee
• Lambda Chi Alpha – Alum
• First State Bank of Elmore City – Board of Advisors
• Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy – Member, 2013-2014
• 2013 FBI Citizens Academy – Member
• United Way Board Serve Program – Graduate
• Allied Arts Circle Club – Member

Adam is a fifth-generation Oklahoman. He grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Deer Creek High School. He earned a BS in Zoology and Biomedical Science from Oklahoma University. In 2011, he graduated from Oklahoma City University with a JD and MBA. While in school, he was selected to the President’s List and Dean’s List multiple semesters as well as a member of the Phi Gamma Beta Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He was also selected to be a member of the William J Holloway American Inn of Court and a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship Award. He interned at the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office in the homicide division and the general litigation department at the Attorney General’s Office.

Adam is on the Board of Advisors at First State Bank of Elmore City. He has co-authored many articles in the Oklahoma County Medical Society Bulletin dealing with various medical-legal issues. He has been a guest lecturer on legal aspects of the medical practice at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine as well as Continuing Medical Education Seminars. Adam was selected to join the 2013-2014 Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. He has volunteered for America’s Heroes Project which provides free legal service to veterans and was a guardian volunteer for Oklahoma Honor Flights where he flew with a group of WWII veterans to Washington DC to show them the new WWII Memorial. He is also a member of the 2013 FBI Citizen’s Academy. Adam serves on the Finance Committee for Positive Tomorrows, a nonprofit school for homeless children in Oklahoma City. He is a graduate of United Way’s Board Serve Program and serves on the Board of the American Red Cross.

Adam comes from a family of farmers and lawyers. His family still actively farms out in Western Oklahoma. Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and their Labrador, Ace. Adam also enjoys golf, fishing, mountain biking, snowboarding, OU football and Thunder basketball.

Joshua B. Romano

Director

Practice Areas:
• Workers’ Compensation Defense
• Insurance

Education:
• J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2015
• B.A., Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, 2004 (Communications)

Bar Admissions:
• All Oklahoma State Courts
• U.S. District Court for the Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma

Professional Memberships:
• Oklahoma Bar Association
• Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel

Awards & Honors:
• President, Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association Honor Society
• Sports Editor, Cameron Collegian
• President, Aggie Ambassadors
• Senator, Student Government Association
• Cameron University Top 20
• Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society
• Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities


Josh is a lifelong Oklahoman. He was born and raised in Lawton, OK where he enjoyed a stellar athletic career on the gridiron for the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders and as a coach for the Lawton High Wolverines. During his tenure at Lawton High, he helped lead the Wolverines to five district championships and a State Semi-finalist appearance in 2011.

Josh earned a BA in Organizational Communications from Cameron University in 2003 and immediately began work running local political campaigns. Following a brief stint in politics, Josh began his teaching and coaching career which afforded him the opportunity to enrich the lives of young-student athletes in Lawton, many with whom he remains in contact today.

Like the gridiron, Josh enjoys the competitive nature of litigation and got his start defending insurance companies as an intern in law school. After graduating from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2015, Josh continued defending hospitals, jail and prison healthcare providers, and insurance carriers in complex medical malpractice cases.

Josh joined Christensen Law as an Associate in the Fall of 2018. Since joining Christensen Law, Josh has continued his devotion of supporting Oklahoma employers before the Oklahoma Worker’s Compensation Commission.

Josh lives in Moore with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth sports teams in Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Moore as well as rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder and OU Sooners.

Mary Fallin-Christensen

Senior Advisor & Consultant

In 2010, Mary Fallin-Christensen was elected the first woman governor of Oklahoma. She was only the fourth Republican Governor of Oklahoma.

She was reelected in 2014 to her second term by a 15-point margin, carrying 71 out of 77 Oklahoma counties. During her 8 years in office, Oklahoma consistently ranked among the top states for job creation in the nation.

Prior to serving as Governor, for 28 years, Fallin represented the people of Oklahoma in a number of state and federal positions. She served two terms as a State Representative before becoming Oklahoma’s first Republican and first woman Lieutenant Governor in 1995. After serving as Lieutenant Governor for 12 years, Fallin served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 2007 to 2011 and has never lost an election. She served on the Transportation, Small Business, Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees. In 2017, President Trump appointed Fallin as the National Co-Chair of the Council of Governors. 

Governor Fallin signed bills to modernize and streamline government operations, responsibly cut the income tax, signed into law major lawsuit reform, reduced worker’s compensation insurance costs by 43 percent and addressed the state’s fiscally unstable pension system by cutting its unfunded liability by one half.

Governor Fallin implemented Oklahoma’s First Comprehensive Energy plan and Oklahoma’s Statewide Water plan. In a record 5 year time period, she successfully negotiated a historic water settlement with the State, City of Oklahoma City, and the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations. She formed the first Governor’s Siesmicity Council and a Governor’s Produced Water Council.

During her term, she launched two major transportation plans, one that successfully reduced the state’s structurally deficient bridges from 1,300 bridges to less than 120 in 8 years. Fallin’s “Driving Forward” road and turnpike expansion was the second transportation program that included a major investment in infrastructure.

At the Governor’s direction, the state increased funding for K-12 education by over $154 million, putting more money into the classroom and helping to boost student performance. She launched Oklahoma’s Complete College America Program which boosted higher degree completion. She also passed the largest teacher pay raise in Oklahoma’s history.

Elected by her fellow Governors, Fallin served as chairman of the National Governor’s Association and Governor Fallin lead a nation-wide initiative – “America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs” – seeking to better align education and work skills with twenty-first century workforce needs.

Her leadership during times of crisis was widely recognized during the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building and the devastating 2013 Moore tornado. 

In a bi-partisan effort, Governor Fallin launched a major nationwide initiative to encourage states to convert their state motor fleets to CNG to promote clean energy and lower costs for state budgets. Fallin and Colorado Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper visited the three big Detroit auto manufacturers to solicit their involvement and commitment to manufacture more CNG vehicles. Oklahoma also set a goal and reached it, to build more infrastructure CNG fill stations every one hundred miles which gave the state more CNG fill stations per capita than any state in the nation. 

She led an initiative to pass into law over a dozen Justice Reform and Mental Health bills along with being a frequent speaker at the White House and national events on the topic.

As Lieutenant Governor, in the early 2000’s, she took over the state Senate for 3 days to force a historic vote on “Right to Work” which later became law making Oklahoma the first state to pass a right to work law in 25 years.

The Governor is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She is married to Wade Christensen, Oklahoma’s first “First Gentleman”, who is an attorney and 4th generation Oklahoma farmer. The couple have six grown children between them, 4 grandchildren and attend Crossings Community Church.

Current Positions – 2020 – Present
• Iofina, PLC (AIM: IOF) – Non Executive Board of Directors – Audit Committee
Iofina, PLC is a vertically integrated company that specializes in the production of Iodine and the manufacturing of specialty chemical products. As the second largest producer of Iodine in North America, it comprises of three USA entities: Iofina Resources, Iofina Chemical and Iofina Ex. It is traded on the London Stock Exchange.

• Emblem Strategies – Senior Advisor
Emblem is a comprehensive suite of business services and project management. The partners capitalize on more than a century of combined experience in finance, government, academia, business and economic development to offer clients real world expertise in securing funding for innovative projects.

• Christensen Law, PLLC – Senior Advisor
Christensen Law, PLLC offers over 100 combined years of comprehensive and loyal representation in the fields of workers’ compensation defense, subrogation and recovery services, insurance defense and civil litigation.

Current Organizations
• SALLT – Salt and Light Leadership Training Class 16 – 2020 Graduate
• Allied Arts Circle Club
• Crossings Community Church
• Board of Governors – Oklahoma State University

Leadership Positions
2011 – 2019
• Co-Chair of the Council of Governors (Presidential Appointment) 2017-2018
• RNC platform committee co-chair – 2016
• Chair of Republican Governor’s Association Public Policy Committee 2014-2018
• Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Governor’s Association 2012 and 2013
• NGA Natural Resource Committee 2015
• Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission 2012 and 2015-2016
• Chair of the Southern State Energy Board 2012
• Chair of the Board of Equalization and Capital Improvement Authority 2011-2019
• Chair of the Commission of the Land Office – 2011-2019
• Governor – State of Oklahoma 2011-2019

Congress 2007-2011
• Served on the Executive Committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee
• United States Natural Resources Committee
• United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
o United States House Transportation Sub-Committee on Aviation
o United States House Transportation Sub-Committee on Economic Development, Public
o Buildings and Emergency Management
o United States House Transportation Sub-Committee on Highways and Transit
• United States House Committee on Armed Services
o United States House Armed Services Sub-Committee on Readiness
o United States House Armed Services Sub-Committee on Air and Land Forces
o United States House Armed Services Sub-Committee on Military Personnel
• United States House Committee on Small Business
o United States Small Business Sub-Committee on Contracting and Technology
o United States Small Business Sub-Committee on Investigation and Oversight (Ranking Member)
• Small Business Chairman on the Republican Policy Committee
• Co-Chairwoman of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues
• Communications Chairwoman of the Conservative Republican Study Committee
• Congressional Sportsman Caucus
• Member of the NRA

Awards & Honors
• The “Spirit of Enterprise” Award from the US Chamber of Commerce
• The “Guardian of Small Business” – The National Federal of Independent Business
• Fortunes 50 Most Powerful Women
• The “Hero of the Taxpayer” Award from the Americans for Tax Reform
• The “Friend of the Wildcatter” Award for advocacy of American Energy Production
• The “Friend of the Farm Bureau” Award for work on behalf of American Agriculture
• The “True Blue” Award from Focus on the Family Research Council
• A Score of 100 from the National Right to Life Committee
• The Women in Communications “Women in the News” Award
• Induction into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame
• Induction into the Oklahoma Aviation Hall of Fame
• National Chair of the Aerospace States Association

1995-2007 Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma (First Female and First Republican)
• 1999 – Chair of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association
• 1998 – Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association
• 1995-2006 – Chair of the Tourism and Parks Commission, Chair of the Film Advisory Commission, hosted an annual business development Turkey Hunt – 12 years

Awards & Honors
2018
• Medal of Freedom Award – Oklahoma National Guard
2016
• Recipient of the Oklahoma Care’s “Terry Hyman Child Advocate of the Year Award” for dedication and service to Oklahoma’s children
• Recipient of the Women in Government Relations’ “Award of Excellence”
• Inducted into the Oklahoma State University – Stillwater Greek Hall of Fame
• Recipient of Langston University’s 2016 “Women in Leadership” Award
2015
• Recipient of the Coalition of Advocates for Mental Health and Addition’s “Award of Appreciation” for unwavering support of mental health and addiction recovery services
• Recipient of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 2015 “Champion for Charters” Award
2014
• Recipient of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Associations “2014 Friend of Medicine” Award
• Recipient of United Negro College Fund’s “Award of Appreciation” for support of UNCF’s Mission
2013
• Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award from the American Legislative Exchange Council
• Recipient of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s 2013 “Champion of Agriculture” Award
• Recognized by the March of Dimes for leadership and commitment to reducing infant mortality and improving health of mothers and infants in Oklahoma
• Recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services with the 2012 “Disability Leadership” Award
• Recipient of the Institute for Child Advocacy’s “Protector of Children” Award
• Recipient of the Community Literacy Centers, Inc.’s “Distinguished Service” Award for support and dedication to literacy
• Recipient of the American Red Cross’s “Ruby Red” Award for strength in the face of disasters, compassion for Oklahomans and support of the American Red Cross
• Recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Thomas Jefferson Leadership” award
• Recipient of Oklahoma Turning Point’s “Public Health Innovator” Award
• Governor’s online Appointment Suite National Award
2012
• Recipient of the United Negro College Fund’s “Award of Appreciation” for support of UNCF’s mission
• Recipient of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s “Sarah J Wagoner Hunger Awareness” Award for efforts to fight hunger
2011
• Recipient of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s “Distinguished Service” Award
2010
• Recipient of the International Foodservice Distributors Association’s “Thomas Jefferson” Award
• Recipient of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcaster’s “Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting” Award
2009
• Recipient of the 100th Congressional National Association of Manufacturer’s “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” Award
2008
• Recipient of the United States Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award
• Recipient of the International Foodservice Distributors Association’s “Thomas Jefferson” Award
• Recipient of the Jim Thorpe Foundation’s “Jim Thorpe Appreciation” Award
2007
• Recipient of the Oklahoma Commission of the Status of Women’s “The Kate Barnard” Award
• Recipient of the United States Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award
2005
• Inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame
1998
• Recipient of the Office of Advocacy United States Small Business Administration’s “Vision 2000 Model of Excellence” Award
• Woman of the Year in Government Award
• Guardian of Small Business – National Federation of Independent Business
1993
• American Legislative Exchange Council as an Outstanding ALEC “Legislator of the Year for Heath Care Reform”