Fallin tabs Hickman

Governor Mary Fallin has appointed former House Speaker Jeff Hickman to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Hickman, of Fairview, served as speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for three legislative terms from 2014-16. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 and served until 2016. He couldn’t seek re-election because of 12-year legislative term limits.

During his time in the House, Hickman, in addition to serving as speaker, was speaker pro tempore and chairman of the Insurance and Retirement Committee and of the public safety appropriations and budget, and revenue and taxation appropriations and budget subcommittees.

Hickman will serve a nine-year term that expires in May 2026, pending confirmation by the state Senate. He will replace James “Jimmy” Dean Harrell.

Since leaving the Legislature, Hickman has served as chief communications and compliance officer for the Great Salt Plains Health Center, with four sites in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant and Blaine counties serving the surrounding region. He has been involved in his family’s farming operation in Alfalfa and Woods counties since childhood.

Before being elected to the Legislature, Hickman worked at The University of Oklahoma (OU), serving as press secretary to the university president, special projects coordinator in the division of public affairs and as an assistant to the university’s president and to its athletic director.