Public Affairs Forum to feature former governors

Forum set for Nov. 20

    (Published: 11-10-14)

Governor David Hall

Former Oklahoma Governor David Hall is slated to be the first speaker for Oklahoma City Community College's (OCCC) Public Affairs Forum series. Set for Nov. 20, the nonpartisan forum is designed to give students and community members insight into the politics during the speaker's time in office and how those political issues impact Oklahoma today. The forum features a past or current Oklahoma political leader each semester. The College has invited Governor George Nigh for spring 2015, Governor Frank Keating in fall 2015 and Governor David Boren in the spring of 2016.

The Public Affairs Forum featuring Governor Hall will be held in the Sarkeys Atrium in the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater. The free forum will be held from 12:30 1:45 p.m., and the public is invited.

About Governor David Hall

Governor Hall was born and raised in Oklahoma City and was a graduate of Classen High School. Hall attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a B.A. in political science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. To pay for his education, he worked a variety of odd jobs including working as a land man and selling hamburgers.

After two years as a U.S. Air Force navigation instructor, Hall briefly attended law school at Harvard University before returning to the University of Tulsa to complete his legal education. He graduated from Tulsa at the top of his class.

Hall served as county attorney of Tulsa County. During his tenure, he successfully prosecuted 940 out of 1,000 criminal cases.

1966 marked Hall's first foray into politics with an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. After four years of private practice and teaching criminal law at his alma mater, Hall made a second attempt at the governor's race in 1970 in which he was elected.

He won by a margin of only 2,181 votes, the closest gubernatorial race in state history.

During his term in office, he served as Chairman of the Education Commission of the States, Chairman of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission and was sent in 1971 as a representative of the National Governor's Conference to the USSR with seven other governors.

Hall worked for many education reforms including increasing per-pupil education spending, increasing teachers' salaries up to the regional average and working to decrease the teacher-student ratio to make public school classes smaller. He proposed lowering the mandatory school age and mandated kindergarten attendance.

In 1974 he lost his bid for re-election. Hall then returned to private practice and and consulting. He has been active in numerous charitable organizations throughout the United States and was involved in the Senior Olympics organization.

Hall has been married to his wife, Jo Evans, for 58 years. They have three children: Douglas, Nancy and Julie. They also have six grandchildren.

OCCC is located at 7777 S. May Ave. For more information about the Public Affairs Forum, visit, or call 682-7590.