Gov. Kevin Stitt celebrates reelection in Tulsa with first of three inaugural balls

TULSA, Okla. — Gov. Kevin Stitt celebrated his reelection by hosting his first of three inaugural balls in Tulsa on Friday evening.

The Oklahoma Inaugural Committee announced the ceremony schedule in December 2022, allowing the general public to purchase tickets to any of the three events running from Jan. 6, 7 and 9.

The first ball was held in Tulsa, where Bixby native and country music singer Corey Kent performed.

The next two will be held in Enid on Saturday night and and Oklahoma City (OKC) on Monday night. There will also be an inaugural prayer service at Southern Hills Baptist Church on Sunday at 5 p.m. in OKC that is free and open to the public.

“Governor Kevin Stitt and I are humbled by the opportunity to continue serving the people of the great state of Oklahoma,” said First Lady Sarah Stitt. “These events will celebrate all who are making this the best state to live, work and raise a family for generations to come. Together we will continue Oklahoma’s pursuit of a bright future where freedom, opportunity and hope abound for all people.”

FOX23′s John Asebes attended the first ball taking place at the BOK Center on Friday night where he spoke with Gov. Stitt.

“Four years ago, it was brand new. You could not believe it. Tonight, I think I am going to soak it in a little bit more,” Stitt said. “It doesn’t get any less … you are still so appreciative.”

Stitt welcomed politicians, past and present, at his inaugural ball and said he invited all 39 Native Tribes in Oklahoma to his inauguration.

“I actually called and reached out to all 39 tribes and invited them to the inauguration, so I think we are going to have 15, 20 tribes coming to the inauguration,” he said.

When discussing what Stitt will be focusing on during his next term, he said there were four things at the top of his list.

“The best education for our kids, infrastructure — roads and bridges, healthcare — making sure there is access across the state, and also, the best business climate,” Stitt said.

Gov. Stitt’s celebrating is not over just yet.

FOX23′s Sara Whaley will be attending the last ball taking place at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on Monday night and FOX23′s Rick Maranon will be attending Stitt’s Inauguration Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol.