Chris Benge has spent his career serving the people of Oklahoma. As Interim Senior Vice President at OSU-Tulsa, he leads the operations and provides strategic vision for Oklahoma State University’s urban branch campus.
Benge worked with his father in a small family-owned painting and construction business before serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 12 years. During his time in the House he served for three years as chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee and as Speaker of the House from 2008 to 2010.
After leaving the House due to term limits, Benge returned to Tulsa to work as an advisor to Mayor Dewey Bartlett, and in 2011 he was named senior vice president of government affairs at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
In November 2013, Benge was appointed Oklahoma Secretary of State by Gov. Mary Fallin. In February 2015, he also became Oklahoma’s Secretary of Native American Affairs. Benge transitioned to the role of Fallin’s Chief of Staff in October 2016.
In 2019, he joined OSU Center for Health Sciences as executive director of Rural and Tribal Health Policy at the Center for Rural Health, and in 2021 he returned to his alma mater as Interim Senior Vice President at OSU-Tulsa.
Benge is passionate about promoting the unique qualities that make Oklahoma an ideal place to live, work and play. He has represented the state on diplomatic missions abroad to South Korea and Taiwan and demonstrated his commitment to raising Oklahoma’s profile on the world stage by creating a state room for international guests in the State Capitol building.