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.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oklahoma's 6th district
January 3, 1975 – January 7, 1994
|Preceded by||John Newbold Camp|
|Succeeded by||Frank Lucas|
|Born||November 30, 1940|
|Spouse(s)||Jan English (nee Barnett)|
|Relations||Gabrielle Alexis Claxton, Giselle Grace Richards, Danielle Natalia Richards, Isabelle Rose Richards, Caroline English (grandchildren)|
|Children||John Lee English, Tyler Janine English|
|Alma mater||Southwestern Oklahoma State University|
|Occupation||Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1965–1971|
|Unit||United States Army Reserve|
Early life and careerEdit
Military service and business activitiesEdit
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 CongressEdit
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. It spanned from the Oklahoma Panhandle to northeastern Oklahoma City, including along the way some of the most rural and conservative territory in Oklahoma.
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.
National Rural Electric CooperativeEdit
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.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- National Rural Electric Cooperative homepage
- Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - English, Glenn
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John Newbold Camp
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th congressional district