John Kevin Stitt (R) is the 28th governor of Oklahoma and a former businessman. He is running for re-election in 2022.
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John Kevin Stitt is born in Florida
He is the second-born to John and Joyce Stitt, who move to Oklahoma shortly after to raise their children.
Stitt begins his studies in accounting
After graduating high school, he attended Oklahoma State University.
Stitt graduates college
He obtains an undergraduate degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Kevin Stitt marries Sarah Hazen
The couple goes on to have six children.
Stitt founded Gateway, a financial services company, in 2000 and in 2014 stepped down as President and CEO, and became chairman-CEO.
Stepped down as CEO
Stitts stepped down as CEO and hired Stephen Curry as his replacement but Stitt remained as Chairman.
Stitt comes in second in the Republican primary
Mick Cornett gets 29.3% of the vote, while Stitt gets 24.4. They both continue to the Republican runoff.
Wins Republican nomination for governor of Oklahoma
Stitt secures the Republican nomination with 54.6% of the vote.
Elected governor of Oklahoma
Stitt defeated Drew Edmonson (D) 54.3 to 42.4%.
Secures Republican nomination for governor and wins reelection
Incumbent Stitt wins the primary in the gubernatorial race with 69% of the votes. Stitt also later wins reelection with 55.5% of the vote.
Position on Key Issues
Stitt is a firm believer that parents should be able to decide on their kids' educational needs, and that investing in teacher salaries will help raise the quality of education. He has raised teacher pay, initiated redistribution of funds to benefit rural and smaller schools, and passed legislation to make it easier for children to enroll in a school not in their zip code.
People should be healthy and have access to healthcare, regardless of whether they can have the money to pay for it, according to Stitt. He has championed reform in the medical field intended at prioritizing healthcare outcomes for members of the state’s Medicaid program and promoting opportunities for Oklahoma providers to partner with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Stitt is committed to creating a strong workforce and fair compensation for all workers. His initiatives include creating more favorable circumstances for businesses – such as better infrastructure and tax incentives – so they can hire more people and pay them better.