Jerome Loughridge, Secretary of Health
Jerome Loughridge was appointed Secretary of Health and Mental Health by Governor Kevin Stitt in March 2019. As Secretary, he is responsible for 54 agencies, boards and commissions, including the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Department of Health and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
A native of Duncan, Oklahoma, Loughridge earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Baylor University and began his career at Children’s Memorial Medical Center, the pediatric teaching institution of Northwestern University in Chicago. A recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, he earned his Master of Public Policy from Harvard University as the school’s first Fellow in Business and Government. Following a tenure as an energy derivatives trader, in 2000, Loughridge returned to Baylor University as Chief of Staff, serving on the executive committee of the Big Twelve institution and helping drive Baylor 2012, the university’s 10-year vision. Loughridge was appointed to serve in the 2003-2004 class of White House Fellows, selected as one of twelve from an applicant class of 1,200 and assigned as special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. In that capacity, he worked on Iraqi reconstruction, spending time in the West Wing, at the Pentagon and in Baghdad.
For the last thirteen years, Loughridge has served professionally in leadership positions in the Oklahoma energy sector in both private equity-backed and publicly-traded companies. Loughridge currently serves as President of TMG Service Company and was previously Chief Executive Officer for NextStream, an early-stage investment partnership with Baker Hughes focused on the next generation of technology in the energy industry. Prior to that he served for seven years as president of Great Plains Oilfield Rental, leading the company from inception inside Chesapeake Energy, through a public spin-out within Seventy Seven Energy, and finally through its sale to Patterson-UTI. Prior to leading Great Plains, Loughridge was founder and President of Black Mesa Energy Services, the oilfield investment arm of New York-based Ziff Brothers Investments. Loughridge previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Great White Energy Services, a portfolio company of Connecticut-based Wexford Capital.
Loughridge and his family make their home in northeast Oklahoma City. A Spanish speaker, Loughridge maintains an ongoing commitment to mission and humanitarian activity, regularly traveling to Central America and East Africa, where he has taught in universities and remote villages and has helped coordinate rural health care delivery through temporary clinics. In April of 2019, Loughridge won election to Oakdale Public Schools, where he is serving a three-year term. Loughridge remains an active member in a number of community organizations, recently retired as a volunteer middle-school soccer coach and currently teaches a weekly class at Oakdale Baptist Church. He is married to Tricia and has two sons, William (17) and Alexander (11), both in public schools in the Oklahoma City area. Loughridge maintains a small farm in Luther, Oklahoma, The Burrow, where he primarily grows stickers and ticks.