Michael J. Hunter
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|Michael J. Hunter|
|Secretary of the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office|
|Preceded by||Clifton Scott|
|29th Oklahoma Secretary of State|
|Preceded by||Tom Cole|
|Succeeded by||Kay Dudley|
|Oklahoma State Representative|
Garfield County, Oklahoma
|Spouse(s)||Cheryl Plaxico Hunter|
|Children||Barrett and Brock|
Michael J. "Mike" Hunter (born 1956) is an American Republican politician from the state of Oklahoma. Hunter served as the 29th Secretary of State of Oklahoma from 1999 to 2002, having been appointed by Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating.
Early life and education
Hunter grew up on a farm in Garfield County, Oklahoma, and is a fourth generation Oklahoman. Hunter received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in 1978. He later graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1982. While at OU-Law, Hunter served as the President of the Student Bar Association. Upon graduating, Hunter entered private practice. His area of specialization was in energy, real property, public employment law and utility regulation.
In 1984, Hunter was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. While in the House, he served as Chairman of the Republican Caucus and Vice Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. In 1988, he was one of the eight lawmakers recognized by the Daily Oklahoman as Oklahoma’s Best Legislators. That same year he was the recipient of the Oklahoma District Attorneys’ Legislative Appreciation Award for his work in criminal justice. Hunter remained in the House until 1991.
After leaving the Oklahoma Legislature, Hunter returned to private practice until 1993. From 1993 to 1994, Hunter served as the General Counsel of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state's regulatory authority for public utilities, oil and gas, transportation and pipelines companies.
Following the election of J. C. Watts as the Congressman for Oklahoma's 4th congressional district, Hunter was appointed as Watts' chief of staff in 1995. As Watts' chief of staff, Hunter managed his offices in Washington, D.C., Norman, Oklahoma and Lawton, Oklahoma. He also served as legal counsel to Congressman Watts in his work on the National Security and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.
In 1998, incumbent Republican Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating was reelected to second four year term. Keating's first Secretary of State Tom Cole stepped down to return to the private sector. On March 16, 1999, Keating appointed Hunter to serve as the 29th Oklahoma Secretary of State. In addition to his duties as Secretary of State, Hunter served as Governor Keating’s chief liaison to the Oklahoma Legislature and to the state’s federal delegation in Washington, D. C.
Hunter resigned as Secretary of State in October 2002 to become the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Council of Life Insurers. He managed the organization’s $47 million budget and 135 member staff. The ACLI is the advocacy, legal and research arm of the life insurance industry.
Return to Oklahoma
In August 2009, Democratic Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry appointed Hunter the 47th Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office. The Commissioners of the Land Office is charged with managing the lands the U.S. Congress granted to Oklahoma at statehood to help benefit public education. The office also administers the trust funds and proceeds derived from selling and renting the public lands. Hunter resigned from the Land Office effective September 1, 2010. Douglas Allen, the Assistant Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office under Hunter, was appointed interim Secretary, and later Secretary, by the Commissioners.
Hunter is married to Cheryl Plaxico Hunter. Cheryl is a practicing lawyer who served as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education from 2000 to 2009. They have two sons, Barrett and Brock. The family resides in Edmond, Oklahoma.
||Oklahoma State Representatives
1985 - 1991
|Oklahoma Secretary of State
Under Governor Frank Keating
1999 - 2002
|Secretary of the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office
Under Governor Brad Henry
2009 - 2010