Neal McCaleb

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Neal McCaleb
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McCaleb speaking at the opening ceremonies of the Oklahoma City Crosstown Expressway.
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs
In office
2001–2003
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Kevin Gover
Succeeded by David W. Anderson
Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation
In office
January, 1995 – July, 2001
Governor Frank Keating
Succeeded by Herschal Crow
Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Governor Frank Keating
Succeeded by Herschal Crow
Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
In office
1995 – July, 2001
Governor Frank Keating
Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation
In office
1987–1991
Governor Henry Bellmon
Minority Leader of Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
1979–1983
Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
1975–1983
Personal details
Political party Republican
Residence Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Occupation Civil Engineer, Politician

Neal A. "Chief" McCaleb (born 1935) is an American civil engineer and Republican politician from Oklahoma. A member of the Chickasaw Nation, McCaleb served as in several position with Oklahoma state government and as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs under President of the United States George W. Bush.

Early life[edit]

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, McCaleb graduated from Putnam City High School in 1953 and received bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University (then known as Oklahoma A&M College) in 1957. After leaving college, McCaleb began his practice as a civil engineer.

Oklahoma politics[edit]

State Legislature[edit]

McCaleb was elected as a Republican to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1974. He remained in the House until 1983. In 1978, McCaleb's colleagues elected him House Minority Leader. He remained in that position until his retirement from the Legislature.

Bellmon Administration[edit]

Governor of Oklahoma Henry Bellmon appointed McCaleb to serve as the State's first Secretary of Transportation. The post was created following the passage of the Executive Branch Reform Act of 1986. In addition to his service as Secretary, Bellmon appointed him to serve concurrently as Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. McCaleb served in both positions until the end of Bellmon's term in 1991.

Oklahoma Good Roads Association[edit]

Following the end of Bellmon's term, McCaleb became the President of the Oklahoma Good Roads and Transportation Association, a lobbying group dedicated to advocating safe, efficient and affordable state streets, roads and highways. He served as President until 1995.

Keating Administration[edit]

In 1995, incumbent Governor of Oklahoma David Walters choose not to seek re-election as Governor. Republican Frank Keating was elected to succeed him in that position. Keating appointed McCaleb to serve as his Secretary of Transportation. Additionally, Keating appointed McCaleb as the head of both the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.[1]

McCaleb remained in all three positions until July 2001 until he resigned to take a federal government job. Keating appointed Herschal Crow of Tulsa to succeed him as Secretary.

GW Bush Administration[edit]

As a member of the Chickasaw Nation, Republican President of the United States George W. Bush appointed McCaleb in 2001 as his Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs in the United States Department of the Interior under United States Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton. As head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, McCaleb was charged with the administration and management of 56 million acres (230,000 km2) of land held in trust by the United States government for Native Americans in the United States, Native American Tribes and Alaska Natives.

McCaleb remained in that position until 2003, when he returned home to Oklahoma.

Chickasaw national service[edit]

After leaving federal government service, McCaleb began work as advisor to Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. McCaleb has been tasked by Governor Anoatubby with the development of long-term economic development plans and policy. Governor Anoatubby appointed McCaleb to the board of directors of Bank 2, a financial industry firm completely owned by the Chickasaw Nation. Governor Anoatubby also made McCaleb the Chairman of the Board for Chickasaw Nation Industries, a wholly owned subentity of the Nation responsible for promoting economic development for the tribe.

Personal life[edit]

McCaleb is married to his wife Georgann and together they have four children and thirteen grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodgers, Kim (1995-03-15). "Senate Panel OKs McCaleb for Cabinet". The Journal Record. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Oklahoma State Representative
1975 - 1983
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minority Leader of Oklahoma House of Representatives
1979 - 1983
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation
Under Governor Henry Bellmon

1987 - 1991
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Under Governor Henry Bellmon

1987 - 1991
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation
Under Governor Frank Keating

1995 - 2001
Succeeded by
Herschal Crow
Preceded by
Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Under Governor Frank Keating

1995 - 2001
Preceded by
Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
Under Governor Frank Keating

1995 - 2001
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kevin Gover
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs
Under President George W. Bush

2001 - 2003
Succeeded by
Dave Anderson