Flashpoint: Mike Turpen Todd Lamb

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Michael C. Turpen was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, educated in Tulsa Public Schools, and graduated from the University of Tulsa earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a Juris Doctor degree.  In 1982, Mike was elected Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma.  He served as Muskogee County District Attorney from 1977 to 1982.   Mike has been a partner in the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma since 1987.  Mike was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in 2009 and reappointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2018.  Mike’s book, Turpen Time:  The Wit and Wisdom of Mike Turpen, was published in 2014, and he has used it as a vehicle to raise over $1.6 million dollars for college scholarships at numerous events around the state.

Mike appears weekly on Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR’s award-winning public affairs show, “Flashpoint with Turpen & Lamb.”  In 2010, Mike was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the state’s highest honor. He was named Outstanding Alumnus for the University of Tulsa in 2000. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the President’s Advisory Council on the Arts at the Kennedy Center in 1992.  Mike was listed in Esquire Magazine’s 1985 Register: Men and Women Under Forty Who are Changing the Nation.  Mike argued before the United States Supreme Court in 1985 representing the State of Oklahoma.

Mike co-chaired United Way of Oklahoma City’s $21.6 million annual campaign.   In 2014 Mike co-chaired Allied Arts’ $3 million annual campaign. In 2013 he co-chaired the $15 million fundraising campaign for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Mike received the John Kirkpatrick Award from Lyric Theatre for his leadership in chairing their successful $10 million capital campaign in 2006.  Mike worked with OSU President, Burns Hargis, co-chairing Legal Aid of Oklahoma’s $1 million annual campaign. Mr. Turpen is married to wife, Susan, and has three children, Sean, Patrick and Sarah, daughter-in-law Ashley Turpen, and granddaughter, Wren Turpen.  He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City and served on the WPC Foundation Board of Directors and taught with Susan the Confirmation Class for several years.

 

Todd Lamb (born October 19, 1971) is an American politician, who served as the 16th lieutenant governor of Oklahoma from 2011 to 2019. A Republican, he was a member of the Oklahoma Senate from 2004 to 2011. For the 52nd Oklahoma Legislature, Lamb’s fellow Republican state senators elected him as their Majority Floor Leader. As Majority Leader, Lamb was the second highest ranking state senator, behind then-Senate President pro tempore Glenn Coffee.

On July 1, 2009, Lamb filed to run for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in the 2010 elections to succeed outgoing lieutenant governor Jari Askins, who stepped down to run for Governor of Oklahoma. Lamb ran for governor in the 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial Election, placing in third in the primary to former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt, who became the eventual GOP nominee and governor-elect.[1]

On June 2, 2019, Lamb announced that he would become panelist of “Flash Point,” a locally produced Sunday morning political talk show on NBC affiliate KFOR-TV (channel 4) in Oklahoma City, effective with the program’s June 16 broadcast. He will take over the conservative panelist seat being vacated by former Oklahoma City mayor Kirk Humphreys (who left the show to focus on his job as CEO of local real estate investment firm Humphreys Capital).[2][3]

Lamb was raised in Enid, Oklahoma, and graduated from Enid High School.[4] Lamb attended Louisiana Tech University, where he was member of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team.[5] After two years at La. Tech, he transferred to Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelor’s degree. Todd also received his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2005.

In 1993, he joined Frank Keating’s campaign for Governor of Oklahoma, and was subsequently appointed to the Governor’s staff following the November 1994 election. He resigned from the Governor’s staff in order to become a special agent with the United States Secret Service in 1998, where he conducted numerous criminal investigations relating to counterfeiting, bank fraud, identity theft, and threats against the president of the United States. During the 2000 presidential election campaign, he served as a site supervisor for George W. Bush’s campaign. In 2001, he was appointed to the national Joint Terrorism Task Force, and following the 9/11 terror attacks was assigned to assist in the investigation of the attacks.[6]


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Wes Milbourn

Wes is celebrating, this year, 53 years in broadcasting…a career broadcaster beginning at age 15 on-air at KMAN Radio in Manhattan, Kansas, while in high school and college.  Graduated with a Journalism and Mass Communications Degree from Kansas State University.  Remained behind the mic for 9 years before moving into sales.  Moved to Oklahoma City and WKY Radio in 1978 as an account executive and Manager of the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Sports Network.  Began in television in 1981 as an account executive at KWTV and moved to KFOR-TV in 1991 as Local Sales Manager.  Became General Sales Manager in 1998, Vice-President and General Sales Manager in 2000, Executive Vice-President and Station Manager in 2006, and President and General Manager in 2012.

Involved in the community with many organizations and on boards including the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (Past Chairman and current Treasurer), Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Advisors, United Way, Allied Arts, Putnam City School Board Foundation Past President, Committee of 100 board member, and as a Governor appointed Chairman of the State’s Legislative Compensation Board.  Married to wife Sandy of 45 years with three grown married children and two grandsons.  Wes has been a member of “Club 29” since 2002, a Paul Harris Fellow +1, Paul Harris Society member, is currently serving on the Rotary Board of Directors, and has 16 years of perfect attendance.

 

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