Mary Fallin became the first female governor of Oklahoma on January 10, 2011.
She served two terms in the Oklahoma House before becoming the first woman to be elected lieutenant governor of Oklahoma in 1994. In 2006, she was elected to the U.S. Congress.
Wade Christensen, orignally from El Reno, is currently a practicing attorney, specializing in litigation, banking, agribusiness, real estate, oil and gas, and other commercial related matters. He and his family are involved in farming, ranching, machinery sales, banking, real estate and agribusiness.
Governor Mary Fallin and First Gentleman Wade Christensen met as students at Oklahoma State University and later became reacquainted through their church. They married in November 2009. The couple has six children between them: Blake, Adam, Christina, Brittiany, Price and Alex. All of their children currently attend school or have found professional careers in Oklahoma.
Nineteen familes have occupied the Governor’s mansion dating back to the first family of Gov. Henry Johnston in 1928.
Below is a list of the First Families who have lived in the Governor’s Mansion:
Mary Fallin and Wade Christensen, 2011-present
Charles Bradford “Brad” Henry and Kimberly Ann Blain Henry, 2003-2011
Francis Anthony Keating, II and Catherine Heller Keating, 1995-2003
David Lee Walters and Rhonda Smith Walters, 1991-1995
George Patterson Nigh and Donna Skinner Nigh, 1979-1987
David Lyle Boren and Molly Shi Boren, 1977-1979
David Lyle Boren, 1976
David Lyle Boren and Janna Lou Little Boren, 1975
David Hall and Jo Evans Hall, 1971-1975
Dewey Follett Bartlett and Ann Smith Bartlett, 1967-1971
Henry Louis Bellmon and Shirley Osborn Bellmon, 1963-1967; 1987-1991
James Howard Edmondson and Jeannette Bartleson Edmondson, 1959-1963
Raymond Dancel Gary and Emma Mae Purser Gary, 1955-1959
Johnston Murray and Willie Emerson Murray, 1951-1955
Roy Joseph Turner and Jessica Grimm Turner, 1947-1951
Robert Samual Kerr and Grayce Breene Kerr, 1943-1947
Leon Chase Phillips and Myrtle Ellenberger Phillips, 1939-1943
Ernest Whitworth Marland and Lydie Roberts Marland, 1935-1939
William Henry “Alfalfa Bill” Murray and Mary Alice Hearrell Murray, 1931-1935
William Judson Holloway and Amy Arnold Holloway, 1929-1931
Henry Simpson Johnston and Ethel Littleton Johnston, 1928-1929
Many pets have lived at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion throughout the years. The Fallin-Christensen family has one dog, Burney. Burney is a three-year-old, white Labrador retriever. He was rescued by the First Family after a wildfire in 2011. Burney is a friendly dog, who loves to do tricks, run around the grounds, and greet staff and visitors as they enter the mansion gates each day.