June 13, 2018: Melissa M. Houston was appointed as the Secretary of the Oklahoma Education and Workforce Development Department on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, by Gov. Mary Fallin. Houston was most recently the Oklahoma Labor Commissioner. Fallin appointed Houston as the Labor Commissioner in the fall of 2015, to fulfill the remainder of then-Labor Commissioner Mark Costello’s term. Before that, Houston was the Chief of Staff and Policy Adviser at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office. When she was appointed as the Labor Commissioner, Houston said she would not seek election to a full four-year term. In her new position, Houston has been appointed to also lead Fallin’s Oklahoma Works initiative, a statewide strategic plan, which seeks to align education to the needs of business and industry and to generate wealth-generating career pathways for students. Houston is an experienced administrator in state government. Before working as the Attorney General's Office Chief of Staff, Houston worked for nine years, from 2002 to 2011, as the Chief of Staff at the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. Before that, she was the Deputy Director for the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association and a lawyer at the Oklahoma Truth in Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission. Houston received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.