About Governor Kevin Stitt
Governor J. Kevin Stitt Bio
J. Kevin Stitt is the 28th governor of Oklahoma. Governor Stitt is leading the state with a vision to become Top Ten in job growth, infrastructure, education and more.
Governor Stitt is an entrepreneur and businessman who founded Gateway in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2000. Starting Gateway with only $1,000 and a computer, he grew his business into a nationwide mortgage company operating in more than 40 states and servicing more than $20 billion in residential mortgages. He then decided to tackle the banking industry and in 2018 started the process of merging with Farmers Exchange Bank, a community bank originally founded in 1935 in western Oklahoma. Upon completion of the merger, Stitt established Gateway First Bank, which today is one of the 10 largest banks by assets in Oklahoma with over $2 billion in assets, 160 mortgage centers across the U.S., and more than 1,700 employees. Gateway is headquartered in Jenks, Oklahoma.
Oklahomans spoke in record numbers that they wanted Stitt to use his business acumen to transform the state. In 2018, he received more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history in his first bid for elected office of any kind.
Since taking office, he has worked together with the Legislature to produce historic reform in five of the largest state agencies, allowing him to identify and recruit the best talent to serve in critical leadership positions.
Governor Stitt has taken a groundbreaking approach to his administration by appointing the most female cabinet secretaries in state history and tapping expert advisors from the private sector, including the first chief operating officer in state history.
He is committed to delivering taxpayers more for their money, and his fiscally conservative leadership helped the state build its largest savings account in history, which proved to be prophetic in the face of a significant decline in the oil and gas market.
Stitt is a fourth-generation Oklahoman who graduated from Norman High School and is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University, where he received an accounting degree in 1996. Stitt and his wife, Sarah, have six children and have been married for 23 years.