"My administration will bring together the most qualified individuals from the public and private sector, and that starts with the transition team," said Fallin. "Larry Nichols is one of the most innovative and successful executives in the business world, and Senator Glenn Coffee has an excellent record of leadership in the Oklahoma State Senate." Nichols and Coffee will also assist Fallin in the hiring process. The Republican Congresswoman defeated Democratic Lt. Governor Jari Askins in the November 2, 2010 election. She will be Oklahoma's first woman governor when she takes office in January.