Glenn Coffee

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Glenn Coffee
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30th Oklahoma Secretary of State
In office
January 11, 2011 – February 1, 2013
Governor Mary Fallin
Preceded by M. Susan Savage
Succeeded by Michelle Day
43rd President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate
In office
Preceded by Mike Morgan
Succeeded by Brian Bingman
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 30th district
In office
Preceded by Howard Hendrick
Succeeded by David Holt (politician)
Personal details
Born (1967-01-20) January 20, 1967 (age 49)
Lubbock, Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa
Children Collin, Blaine, Anna, Kate
Residence Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Profession Attorney, State Senator
Religion Baptist

Virgil Glenn Coffee (born January 20, 1967) is an American lawyer and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Coffee was the 30th Oklahoma Secretary of State, having been appointed by Governor Mary Fallin. He served from January 10, 2011 until he resigned effective February 1, 2013.[1] He was the first Republican President Pro Tempore, having previously served as a Co-President Pro Tempore during the previous legislature.

One of Coffee's most notable achievements was the passage of a comprehensive lawsuit reform measure in Oklahoma, signed into law in May 2009.

Early life and career[edit]

Coffee was born in Lubbock, Texas on January 20, 1967, and moved to Oklahoma City.[2] He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in political science before attending the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor.[2]

Coffee joined the Oklahoma law firm Phillips Murrah, P.C., and continued his private practice during his time at the Oklahoma Legislature.[3]

Political career[edit]

Oklahoma Senate[edit]

First elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1998, Coffee was re-elected to without opposition in 2006.[4] Coffee served as one of two Co-President Pro Tempores of the Oklahoma Senate during the 2007 and 2008 legislative sessions and 41st President Pro Tempore for a one-month term because of a tied Senate membership.[5]

After the 2008 elections gave the Republican caucus of the Oklahoma Senate outright control of the chamber on November 4, 2008, the caucus elected Coffee as the President Pro Tempore on November 6, 2008. He was the first Republican in state history to serve in the position. One of his most notable achievements as President Pro Tempore was the passage of a comprehensive lawsuit reform measure in Oklahoma, signed into law in May 2009.[6]

Fallin Administration[edit]

Due to term limits placed on him by the Oklahoma Constitution, Coffee was unable to seek re-election in 2010. However, following the election of Mary Fallin as Governor of Oklahoma in November 2010, Coffee was named as the Co-Chairman of her Transition Committee. On January 4, 2011, Fallin named Coffee as her Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, Coffee represented the governor in budgetary and legislative discussions between the executive branch and the Oklahoma Legislature.[7] Coffee resigned in December, 2012 with an effective date of February 1, 2013 to return to private law practice.[8]

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Oklahoma Senate
Preceded by
Howard Hendrick
Oklahoma State Senator
Succeeded by
David Holt
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Morgan
President pro tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate
Succeeded by
Brian Bingman
Preceded by
M. Susan Savage
Oklahoma Secretary of State
Under Governor Mary Fallin

January 10, 2011–February 1, 2013
Succeeded by
Michelle Day