OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday said Secretary of State Michael Rogers will also serve as his education secretary.
Rogers is a former Republican House member from Broken Arrow.
Rogers will focus not only on common education, but CareerTech and higher education, Stitt said Wednesday.
Rogers, 40, announced last year he would not seek another term in the House, citing his wife’s health and the workload required of him as chairman of the House Common Education Committee as reasons for the decision.
Rogers said his wife, Krystal, had a rare genetic heart aneurysm and had open heart surgery. She has recovered fully, he said.
Rogers represented House District 98 covering part of Tulsa and Wagoner counties. He was first elected to the seat in 2014.
Rogers is a former private school administrator.
“I am extremely excited that Gov. Stitt has entrusted me with this,” Rogers said.
He said it was a great way to team up with State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. He said he is excited to work with her.
Stitt said the move will allow Hofmeister to focus on common education.
“I want to empower Joy and understand what she needs,” Stitt said. “She is elected by the citizens of Oklahoma. I want to make sure she has a voice with me and I am able to deliver the things she tells me she needs to move the education needle in Oklahoma.”
Senate confirmation is required.
Rogers will be paid as the secretary of state and will not take additional payment with the added title, according to the governor’s office.