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Governor-elect Stitt nominates state agriculture secretary

Posted: 9:57 AM, Dec 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 15:57:30Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt has nominated a state 4-H leader to become the new state secretary of agriculture.

Stitt on Thursday said he's nominating Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Executive Director Blayne Arthur to succeed Jim Reese, who has held the post since 2011 when he was appointed by outgoing Gov. Mary Fallin.

If confirmed by the state Senate, Arthur would be the first woman to serve as state agriculture secretary.

Prior to her work with the 4-H Foundation, Arthur spent eight years as with the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and served as deputy commissioner from 2012-2016.

Her family also operates a farm and a business that provides show cattle for those in 4-H and FFA.