|17th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma|
|Assumed office |
January 14, 2019
|Preceded by||Todd Lamb|
|Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Branding|
|Assumed office |
January 18, 2019
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party|
June 26, 2010 – April 20, 2013
|Preceded by||Gary Jones|
|Succeeded by||Dave Weston|
|Born||August 15, 1979|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Oral Roberts University (BA)|
Matt Pinnell (born August 15, 1979) is an American politician. He is the 17th lieutenant governor of Oklahoma, since 2019. Pinnell is also serving as the first Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism & Branding.
Early life and career
Pinnell graduated from Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Oral Roberts University. He served as chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party from 2010 to 2013. He then worked for the Republican National Committee as the National State Party Director. Pinnell also worked on a campaign for former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
On April 20, 2017, Pinnell announced his candidacy for the office of lieutenant governor in the 2018 lieutenant gubernatorial elections. On June 26, 2018, Pinnell finished in the top two in the Republican primary election, and he and Dana Murphy advanced to a runoff election, in which Pinnell defeated Murphy. Pinnell defeated Democratic candidate Anastasia Pittman in the lieutenant gubernatorial election on November 6. Pinnell was sworn in on January 14, 2019.
On January 18, 2019, Governor Kevin Stitt selected Pinnell to serve as the first Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Branding, wherein he oversees the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation. Stitt separated the departments of Tourism and Commerce to be their own stand-alone agencies.
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- "Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell - Home". www.ok.gov. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
- Barbara Hoberock. "Stitt taps Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell as secretary for Tourism and Branding". Tulsa World. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
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