Todd Hiett

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Todd Hiett
Oklahoma Speaker Todd Hiett.jpg
Speaker of the Oklahoma House
In office
2005–2007
Preceded by Larry Adair
Succeeded by Lance Cargill
Oklahoma State Representative
In office
1995–2007
Preceded by David Thompson
Succeeded by Skye McNiel
Constituency 29th House District
Personal details
Born (1967-07-09) July 9, 1967 (age 49)
Kellyville, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bridget Anne Beil
Religion Christianity

Todd Hiett (July 9, 1967) is an American rancher and Republican politician from Kellyville, Oklahoma. He served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1995 until 2007. During his final two years in office, Hiett served as the Speaker of the House. Hiett was the first Republican to hold that position in over eight decades.

Once he completed the maximum twelve-year term (term limits are constitutionally mandated in Oklahoma), Hiett launched a campaign to succeed Mary Fallin as the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. Hiett lost the 2006 race to Democrat Jari Askins.

Personal life[edit]

Hiett was born in Kellyville, Oklahoma to Jim and Beverly Hiett. He is married to Bridget Anne Beil, with whom he has three children named Jimmy, John and Hillary.

Political career[edit]

Hiett addresses the Oklahoma House of Representatives

Hiett has said he was motivated to enter politics when Oklahoma's Department of Agriculture quarantined his herd of cattle, and extended the quarantine even after receiving blood tests on the animals that were negative for any disease. Hiett had to appear before the state Board of Agriculture to get the quarantine lifted.[1]

Representing the 29th House District, Hiett served in the Oklahoma House from 1995 to 2007, quickly becoming the House Minority Leader in 2002. After the Republicans took control of the House in 2005, Hiett was elected Speaker, the first Republican to serve in over eighty years. Hiett is only the second Republican to hold that position. The first was George B. Schwabe, who served from 1921-23.

Hiett entered the Republican primary election to replace outgoing Republican Mary Fallin as Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. In the primaries on July 25, 2006, Hiett faced Nancy Riley and Scott Pruitt. Riley received 23% of the vote, Pruitt received 34%, and Hiett received 43%.[2] Hiett, according to Oklahoma state law, had to face Pruitt in a runoff, with the winner receiving the party's nomination.

Following the run-off election on August 22, 2006, Hiett received 66,217 votes and 50.92% as opposed to Pruitt's 63,812 votes and 49.08%.[3] Hiett was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor, but he lost to Democratic House Minority Leader Jari Askins in the November general election.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Oklahoma House of Representatives 29th District Republican Primary Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett 1,190 59.41
Republican Kevin Farmer 813 40.59
Oklahoma House of Representatives 29th District Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett 5,131 53.72
Democratic David Thompson (incumbent) 4,420 46.28
Oklahoma House of Representatives 29th District Election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett (incumbent) 6,604 57.52
Democratic David Thompson 4,878 42.48
Oklahoma House of Representatives 29th District Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett (incumbent) 5,251 58.20
Democratic Edmond Tex Slyman 3,771 41.80
Oklahoma House of Representatives 29th District Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett (incumbent) n/a 100.00
Oklahoma House of Representatives 29th District Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett (incumbent) n/a 100.00
Oklahoma House of Representatives 29th District Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett (incumbent) 9,006 63.63
Democratic Jim Thompson 5,148 36.37
Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett 76,634 42.82
Republican Scott Pruitt 60,367 33.73
Republican Nancy Riley 41,984 23.46
Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Runoff Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett 66,220 50.92
Republican Scott Pruitt 63,817 49.08
Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jari Askins 463,753 50.14
Republican Todd Hiett 439,418 47.51
Independent E. Z. Million 21,684 2.34
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Republican Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett 128,173 52.20
Republican Cliff Branan 117,169 47.80
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Hiett n/a 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinton, Mick. "From cow barn to House, hard work is Hiett's job", Tulsa World, August 13, 2006
  2. ^ Primary Election, July 25, 2006, Oklahoma State Election Board - http://www.ok.gov/elections (accessed May 8, 2013)
  3. ^ Runoff Primary Election, August 22, 2006, Oklahoma State Election Board - http://www.ok.gov/elections (accessed May 8, 2013)
  4. ^ General Election 2006, Oklahoma State Election Board - http://www.ok.gov/elections (accessed May 8, 2013)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Adair
Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
Lance Cargill
Preceded by
Oklahoma State Representative from District 29
1995 - 2007
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mary Fallin
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
2006
Succeeded by
Todd Lamb