Glenn English

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For the Medal of Honor recipient, see Glenn H. English, Jr..
Glenn English
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 7, 1994
Preceded by John Newbold Camp
Succeeded by Frank Lucas
Personal details
Born (1940-11-30) November 30, 1940 (age 73)
Cordell, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jan English
Children John Lee. English, Tyler Janine English
Alma mater Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Occupation Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Glenn Lee English, Jr. (born November 30, 1940) is a U.S. Democratic politician who represented Oklahoma's 6th congressional district for 10 successive terms. English is currently the chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Early life and career[edit]

Military service and business activities[edit]

English was born in Cordell, Oklahoma, (located in Washita County). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1964. English joined the United States Army Reserves and rose to the rank of staff sergeant. After completing military service in 1971, he worked in the oil and natural gas leasing business, was a realtor, sold insurance, and worked in mortgage lending. He met and married Jan Pangle Barnett and together they had two children John Lee and Tyler Janine. They lived in McLean Virginia during the time Glenn held office.

Service in Congress[edit]

English's first job in politics was as a staff member for the majority caucus of the California State Assembly. Later, he worked as a legislative staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. After serving as the executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party (from 1969 to 1973), English was elected as a Democrat to Congress representing Oklahoma's 6th Congressional District (in November 1974). English was re-elected to Congress nine times. He was one of the most conservative Democrats in the chamber, which was not surprising given the nature of his district.

While in Congress, English served on the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Government Operations. He also was the Chairman of the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control.

In addition, English chaired the Government Information, Justice and Agriculture Subcommittee where he won approval for the military to use aircraft and radar to assist Custom agents in the interdiction of drug smugglers. During the 1985–86 term, English was instrumental in securing a $20 million federal hub in Oklahoma City to assist in the war on drugs which is currently located at the Will Rogers Airport.

In 1993, Glenn was also effective in halting a plan to reduce the work of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). In a series of meetings between the Committee on Agriculture and the White House, Glenn successfully interceded between the two organizations to enhance REA's status and the quality of life for rural America.

English resigned from the House on January 7, 1994, and was succeeded in Congress by Frank Lucas, a Republican.

National Rural Electric Cooperative[edit]

Upon his departure from Congress in 1994, English became CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), based in Arlington, Va. NRECA is the national trade association for the Nation's 900-plus locally owned, consumer-controlled, non-profit electric cooperatives which currently delivers electricity to 42 million Americans in 47 states. On May 5, 2010, after serving as chief executive officer for NRECA for 16 years, English was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Newbold Camp
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th congressional district

1975–1994
Succeeded by
Frank Lucas