The State Chamber of Oklahoma recently announced former Secretary of State and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate Glenn Coffee as the organization’s new general counsel.

“Glenn has an extensive legal and legislative background, making him the perfect fit to serve as the State Chamber’s general counsel,” said State Chamber President Fred Morgan. “Our primary mission is to lobby for pro-business reforms at the state Legislature on behalf of the Oklahoma business community. Glenn understands and supports that mission.”

First elected to the State Senate in 1998, Coffee quickly rose through the leadership ranks, becoming the first Republican in Oklahoma history to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. In 2010, he was tapped by Gov. Mary Fallin to serve as Secretary of State. He resigned that position in 2012 to turn to his law practice, Glenn Coffee and Associates, PLLC.

Coffee earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northeastern State University and received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

As general counsel, Coffee will provide legal advice to the State Chamber and its affiliates and will also serve as a member of the State Chamber’s board, a prestigious group of more than 150 business leaders from across the state. The State Chamber and its Board of Directors work together on behalf of the Oklahoma business community to affect legislative change and create a pro-growth climate with a statewide unified voice.

“I have worked with the State Chamber for many years while in the state Senate and as a member of the executive branch and admire the organization’s singular focus on improving Oklahoma’s business climate,” said Coffee. “As a member of the board and as general counsel, I look forward to continuing to be a part of moving Oklahoma forward. We have to bring a variety of voices and talents to the table as we make decisions that could impact Oklahoma’s economy. I’m excited to have the opportunity to not only be a voice for my own business, but to now be a part of the State Chamber’s board and serve as general counsel.”