The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) is pleased to announce the selection of Jim Reese of Nardin, Oklahoma as the statewide association’s new Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs. Reese replaces Kenny Sparks of McLoud, Oklahoma who is retiring in February 2019.
The former State of Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture under Governor Mary Fallin’s administration, Reese has a farming operation near Nardin and is a longtime member of Kay Electric Cooperative based in Blackwell, Oklahoma.
Reese resigned as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Agriculture on December 31, 2018. Throughout his career, Reese has served in various capacities in state government and ag leadership. In 2001, he was selected as Oklahoma State Executive Director of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency, under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. In 2008, Reese served as Policy Advisor for Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge. Additionally, Reese served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 15 years from 1987 to 2001. He graduated from Northern Oklahoma College with an Associate Degree in Drafting and Design and earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University.
As a lifelong agricultural advocate, Reese’s connections to the agricultural industry and drive to ensure the prosperity of rural communities make him a fitting leader for the electric cooperative industry.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jim Reese to the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives,” says OAEC General Manager Chris Meyers. “A proven leader and advocate for rural Oklahoma, we feel confident Jim’s skill set and experience will serve Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives and their consumer-members very well in our mission of delivering safe, affordable and reliable electricity.”
About OAEC: The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives is a statewide association created and voluntarily supported by local electric distribution and generation/transmission cooperatives. OAEC is comprised of 27 distribution cooperative members and three generation/transmission cooperative member systems. Collectively, OAEC’s member-system cooperatives have more than 122,625 miles of energized line and nearly 643,350 active meters.