The governor’s State of the State speech is an important annual event for the Oklahoma Legislature as it kicks off the legislative session and sets forth the governor’s vision. As Gov. Brad Henry’s secretary of finance, I spent eight years assisting in the drafting and practice sessions for the speech and then sat in the House chamber as he gave the speech. Throughout Gov. Henry’s two terms, I estimate that I heard each year’s State of the State at least 20 times — 160 times over eight years.