Jim Reese

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Jim Reese
4th Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Governor Mary Fallin
Preceded by Terry Peach
Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Governor Mary Fallin
Preceded by Terry Peach
State Executive Director for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency
In office
2001–2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Terry Peach
Succeeded by Francie Tolle
Oklahoma State Representatives
In office
1987–2001
Preceded by Dorothy Conaghan
Succeeded by Dale DeWitt
Personal details
Born James Lee Reese
c. 1957
Kay County, Oklahoma, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Margaret Lynn Lobmeyer Reese (married 1985)
Children Joanna, Drew, Lainey, and Spencer Reese
Residence Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Alma mater Northern Oklahoma College

Oklahoma State University

Occupation Farmer, Businessman
Religion United Methodist

James Lee "Jim" Reese (born c. 1957) is a farmer, businessman and politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Appointed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin as Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Reese was sworn into office on January 10, 2011. He also acts as Fallin's chief advisor on policy development and implementation related to agriculture, food, and forestry. Reese serves concurrently in Oklahoma City as the commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

Biography[edit]

Reese graduated with an associate's degree in drafting and design from the community college Northern Oklahoma College at Tonkawa in Kay County. He procured a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater. Reese also attended the United States Department of Agriculture Supervisory Academy at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Reared on a wheat and dairy farm, Reese and has maintained since 1978 his own farming enterprise at Nardin near Blackwell, Oklahoma. In 1986, he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which he served from 1987 to 2001. Reese retired from the state legislature when he was selected to serve as the Oklahoma State Executive Director for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. As executive director, Reese delivered federal agriculture programs to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers through more than 60 county offices across the state. Reese served in that position for eight years. In 2008, Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge selected and appointed him as his Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House. Secretary Reese is a long agricultural and rural advocate and feels that Oklahoma agriculture is a vital part of Oklahoma's economy.

Reese has been married to Margaret Lynn Lobmeyer Reese since 1985 and has four children; Joanna (born 1986), Drew (born 1987), Lainey (born 1989) and Spencer (born 1992). Reese is an active member of these professional and civic organizations: Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Leadership Oklahoma Class IX/Board Member of Leadership Oklahoma, board chairman and member of Nardin First United Methodist Church, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Citizens Academy. Reese has received the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Meritorious Service Award, Oklahoma Farmer's Union Outstanding Service Award, NFIB Small Business Award, George B. Schwabe Award for Outstanding Leadership, Oklahoma School Administrators Dedication Award and the Oklahoma State Troopers Award.

Fallin administration[edit]

On November 15, 2010, newly elected Governor Mary Fallin announced the selection of Reese as her Secretary of Agriculture.

Reese was sworn in as the 4th Secretary of Agriculture on January 10, 2011, following Fallin's inauguration. Fallin also appointed Reese to serve concurrently as the Commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dorothy Conaghan
Oklahoma State Representative
1987–2001
Succeeded by
Dale DeWitt
Preceded by
Terry Peach
State Executive Director of Oklahoma Farm Service Agency
Under President George W. Bush

2001–2008
Succeeded by
Francie Tolle
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture
Under Governor Mary Fallin

January 10, 2011–present
Incumbent
Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Under Governor Mary Fallin

January 10, 2011–present