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Fallin Names Transition Team (Nov 08, 2010)

Incoming Okla. governor announces transition team

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mary Fallin has named a state Senate leader and a prominent businessman to help guide her transition from governor-elect to governor.

Fallin announced Monday that Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee and Devon Energy executive chairman Larry Nichols will be co-chairmen of her transition team. She said Coffee, who is term-limited, and Nichols will help her make key hires.

Fallin says her administration will focus on building the best environment for business to operate in, creating jobs and on making government smaller and more efficient.

Nichols said Fallin wants the government to work with the private sector, not against it, to bolster the economy.

Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, also said legislators will have to make tough decisions to balance the budget without raising taxes in the upcoming legislative session.

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