Todd Hiett Edit Profile
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.
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.
Hiett lost the 2006 race to Democrat Jari Askins. Hiett had to appear before the state Board of Agriculture to get the quarantine lifted. 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%.
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%. Hiett was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor, but he lost to Democratic House Minority Leader Jari Askins in the November general election.
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, according to Oklahoma state law, had to face Pruitt in a runoff, with the winner receiving the party's nomination.
Chairman Young Farmers and Ranchers, Creek County, Oklahoma. Member of Farm Bureau, Creek County Cattlemen's Association.
Married Bridget Anne Beil. Children: Jimmy, John, Hillary.