David Fleischaker

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David Fleischaker
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy
In office
October 9, 2003 – December 18, 2008
Governor Brad Henry
Preceded by Robert J. Sullivan, Jr.
Succeeded by Bobby Wegener
Personal details
Born 1944
Spouse(s) Pam
Children Joey and Emily
Residence Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Alma mater Brandeis University
University of Texas
Occupation Lawyer

David Fleischaker (born 1944) is an American businessman and lawyer who served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry from 2003 to 2008. Fleischaker has served as the President and CEO of Jolen Operating Company, a privately held independent oil and gas exploration and production company, since 1982.

Early career[edit]

Fleischaker received his B.A. in 1966 from Brandeis University and his LLM in 1971 from the University of Texas. Fleischaker served as a member of the United States Air Force Reserve.

Fleischaker began his career in 1973 as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. He entered private practice in 1974 in Washington D.C. representing national environmental groups and local governments in environmental litigation and regulatory proceedings. While in Washington, he also became an advisor to the Federal Energy Administration (which later become the United States Department of Energy) during 1974. In 1981 he returned to his home state, where he entered his family's oil and gas company by becoming the President and CEO of Jolen Operation Company.[1]

Secretary of Energy[edit]

In October 2003, Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry appointed Fleischaker as his Secretary of Energy. Fleischaker has focused his office on developing renewable and sustainable energy resources for the state, including establishing the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center to promote the development of a biofuels industry in Oklahoma, the development and expansion of wind power and the promotion of demand side management policies at the state energy regulatory agencies. As Secretary, Fleischaker had supervision of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, the Grand River Dam Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Mines, among others.

In December, 2008, Fleischaker resigned as Secretary in order to return to the private sector where he serves as president and chief executive officer of Jolen Operating Company.

Fleischaker has written and lectured extensively on energy policy with articles appearing in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Oklahoman and has presented opinion pieces on National Public Radio.

Personal life[edit]

Fleischaker's wife Pam, is a noted journalist and author. They have a son Joey (36) and daughter Emily (30). His parents, Richard H. Fleischaker and Adeline J. Fleischaker, were noted for their philanthropy in the Oklahoma community and the national Jewish community.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert J. Sullivan, Jr.
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy
Under Governor Brad Henry

October 9, 2003 – December 18, 2008
Succeeded by
Bobby Wegener