The first-ever Secretary of State for The Chickasaw Nation, fifth-generation Oklahoman Bill Lance is known for his appealing personal style, sound character, business acumen, and a strong sense of purpose—delivering sustainable benefits to the Chickasaw people and the broader community.
A trusted confidant to Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, Lance is a loyal Chickasaw citizen whose determined efforts and persistent pursuits advance and enhance both The Chickasaw Nation and the State of Oklahoma. Before being named Secretary of State in 2022, Lance was the longest-serving Secretary of Commerce in Chickasaw Nation history and served as administrator of the tribal health system. Lance has seen firsthand how gaming, entertainment, and hospitality have transformed tribal economies, resulting in a substantial positive impact on and investment in education, healthcare, housing, and cultural revitalization. Under his leadership the Nation’s annual net income has more than tripled, over 7,000 jobs have been created, and the 370,000-square-foot Chickasaw Nation Medical Center opened in Ada.
Dedicated to serving others and generous with his time, Lance not only represents the Nation on community and corporate boards, including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the American Gaming Association, but lends his talent to regional, statewide, and charitable causes as well. His honors include being a Global Achievement Honoree by Sister Cities Oklahoma City International and induction to the Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business.