Oklahoma Governor-elect Kevin Stitt nominates state agriculture secretary

Blayne Arthur

OKLAHOMA CITY – 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.

“Blayne Arthur is a deeply respected leader in Oklahoma agriculture, known for her excellence in public service, her entrepreneurial spirit, and her passion mentoring youth,” said Stitt. “As Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne will play a critical role in Oklahoma’s Turnaround by providing sound policy counsel to advance rural Oklahoma and in listening to and building consensus among our state’s diverse community of farmers and ranchers. I look forward to working with Blayne as our administration seeks to expand commerce and make hard decisions to set Oklahoma’s next generation up for tremendous success.”

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.