John Kevin Stitt (born December 28, 1972) is an American businessman and politician. A member of the Republican Party, he has served as the governor of Oklahoma since January 2019. A member of the Cherokee Nation, Stitt is the first tribally enrolled Native American to serve as governor of a U.S. state, and Oklahoma's second governor of Native descent after Johnston Murray.
Born in Milton, Florida and raised in Wayne, Oklahoma and Norman, Oklahoma, he graduated from Norman High School before attending Oklahoma State University, earning a B.S. there. Stitt worked in the financial services sector before starting Gateway Mortgage Group in 2000, growing grew the business into a nationwide mortgage company operating in more than 40 states and servicing more than $20 billion in residential mortgages. In 2018, he started the process of merging Gateway with Farmers Exchange Bank, establishing Gateway First Bank. In July 2017, Stitt announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018. After placing second in the primary, with no candidate getting a majority of the vote, he won the primary runoff and the general election.
Since taking office, he has worked together with the Legislature to produce historic reform in five of the largest state agencies, allowing him to identify and recruit the best talent to serve in critical leadership positions. Governor Stitt has taken a groundbreaking approach to his administration by appointing the most female cabinet secretaries in state history and tapping expert advisors from the private sector, including the first chief operating officer in state history. He is committed to delivering taxpayers more for their money, and his fiscally conservative leadership helped the state build its largest savings account in history, which proved to be prophetic in the face of a significant decline in the oil and gas market.