Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
Great Seal of Oklahoma
|Formed||February 1, 2003|
|Headquarters||900 N Stiles Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Annual budget||$758 million (FY2011)|
|Website||Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Tourism|
The Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism was a member of the Oklahoma Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary was appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Oklahoma Senate, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Secretary served as the chief advisor to the Governor on economic development and cultural heritage.
The position of Secretary of Commerce and Tourism was established in 2003 when Governor Brad Henry issued an executive order merging the former positions of Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Tourism and Recreation into a single position. Previously, both positions had existed since 1986 when they were established by the Executive Branch Reform Act of 1986.
Oklahoma state law always for Cabinet Secretaries to serve concurrently as the head of a State agency in addition to their duties as a Cabinet Secretary. Historically, the Secretary of Commerce and Tourism often served as the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. In 2012-2013, Secretary Dave Lopez became the first to not serve in that dual position when he resigned as Executive Director and Jonna Kirschner was appointed to replace him in that capacity alone.
The Secretary of Commerce and Tourism is responsible for promoting economic development and growth, protecting the State's heritage and history, providing unemployment benefits, promoting housing development, and overseeing workforce development programs.
As of fiscal year 2011, the Secretary of Commerce and Tourism oversees 1883 full-time employees and is responsible for an annual budget of $758 million.
The Secretary of Commerce and Tourism oversees the following State entities:
- Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development
- Capital Investment Board
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Labor
- Department of Tourism and Recreation
- Development Finance Authority
- Employment Security Commission
- Housing Finance Agency
- Historical Society
- Scenic Rivers Commission
The annual salary of the Secretary of Commerce and Tourism is set by law at $70,000. Despite this law, if the Secretary serves as the head of a state agency, the Secretary receives the higher of the two salaries. Since incumbent Cabinet Secretary Dave Lopez also serves as the Commerce Department Director, he received the salary allowed for that position. As of 2010, the annual salary of that position is set at $112,500.
List of Secretaries
Secretary of Commerce (1986–2003)
Secretary of Tourism and Recreation (1986–2003)
Secretary of Commerce and Tourism (2003–present)
|#||Name||Took Office||Left Office||Governor served under|
|1||Kathy Taylor||2003||2006||Brad Henry|
|2||Natalie Shirley||February 14, 2007||January 10, 2011|
|3||Dave Lopez||January 27, 2011||November 1, 2013||Mary Fallin|
- Paragraph 3, Section 10.5, Title 74, Oklahoma Statutes