Former Gov. George Nigh served Oklahoma for 32 years in public office. A graduate of Eastern Oklahoma College and East Central University, his political career began in 1950, as a 23-year-old college senior, when he was elected to the House of Representatives.
In 1958, Nigh was elected lieutenant governor. He was then elected governor in 1978 and again in 1982, becoming the first Oklahoma governor ever re-elected and remaining the only governor to carry all 77 counties. Nigh’s distinguished career also includes higher education, serving as the president of the University of Central Oklahoma for five years.
Nigh has been awarded the National Martin Luther King Award and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the U.S. Jaycee Ten Outstanding American Hall of Leadership and the Oklahoma Vo-Tech Hall of Fame.