May 15, 2017: Former Oklahoma State House Speaker Jeff Hickman was appointed to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education by Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday, May 1, 2017. Hickman, of Fairview, was the Speaker of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives for three legislative terms from 2014 to 2016. He was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2004 and was in office until 2016. He couldn’t seek re-election because of twelve-year legislative term limits. During his time in the House, Hickman, in addition to working as the Speaker, was the Speaker Pro Tempore and the Chairman of the Insurance and Retirement Committee and of the Public Safety Appropriations and Budget, and Revenue and Taxation Appropriations and Budget Subcommittees. Hickman was appointed to the Regents for a nine-year term that ends in May, 2026. As a State Regent, Hickman succeeds James D. Harrell.