Steve Burrage

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Steve Burrage (born July 7, 1952) is an American politician from Oklahoma and the former Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. Burrage was appointed as state auditor by the Governor of Oklahoma, Brad Henry, on July 10, 2008, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of former state auditor, Jeff McMahan, serving until his defeat in the 2010 election by Republican Gary Jones.

Early life[edit]

Steve Burrage was born in Durant, Oklahoma. A member of the Choctaw Nation, he is the brother of former U.S. District Court judge, Michael Burrage, and the uncle of former Oklahoma state senator, Sean Burrage. In 1975, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.[1] Following his graduation from college, he attained licensure as a certified public accountant in Oklahoma. He began his professional career as a partner in the C.P.A. firm of Burgess and Burrage from 1977 to 1982. In 1982, he joined FirstBank of Antlers, Oklahoma, serving as president and CEO from then until 1984, when he assumed additional duties as chairman of the board. He served as president until 1990, as CEO until 2005, and as chairman of the board until 2008.[2]

Political career[edit]

Upon accepting his appointment as state auditor and inspector, he announced that he would seek a full term in the 2010 election if he felt he had had success.[2] In that election, he was defeated by Republican Gary Jones.

Burrage's office audited the Wagoner, Oklahoma school district and identified $270,000 missing from the district's child nutrition program from 2005 to 2009.[3]

Following completion of his service as state auditor and inspector in January, 2011, he re-joined FirstBank as chairman of the board,[4] and is also currently[when?] a member board of the Oklahoma Policy Institute. In June, 2012, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Corrections by Governor Mary Fallin.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Burrage, CPA." Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. Retrieved 10-13-09 Archived June 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b McNutt, Michael. "Antlers banker named state auditor." NewsOk.com, July 10, 2008. (accessed October 13, 2009).
  3. ^ McMahan, Liz, "Audit: $270K gone from Wagoner schools," Muskogee Phoenix, May 12, 2010.
  4. ^ FirstBank-Steve Burrage-Chairman of the Board
  5. ^ Former state auditor named to Oklahoma's corrections board (NewsOK.com article)
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff McMahan (D)
Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector
July 10, 2008 - January, 2011
Succeeded by
Gary Jones (R)