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Ming named energy secretary

January 06, 2011
Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has selected Mike Ming to serve as the state's secretary of energy.


Ming, of Edmond, most recently served as president of Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a Texas-based nonprofit organization with more than 180 members representing the energy industry, academia and research community.

“Energy is one of Oklahoma's top industries that has played a vital role in job creation and has had a huge impact on our state's economy,” Gov.-elect Mary Fallin said in a statement announcing the appointment. “Mike Ming knows the energy industry and brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts in all aspects of energy.”

He will succeed Robert “Bobby” Wegener, whom Gov. Brad Henry named energy secretary in 2008.

Ming started out as a drilling and production engineer for Chevron, USA. He also served as vice president of production for the Oklahoma City-based Bracken Energy Co. Ming was vice president of engineering at K. Stewart Petroleum Corp. of Oklahoma City, and was a managing member of Edmond-based K. Stewart Energy Group.

Ming was an adviser to the U.S. Energy Department for its strategic planning initiative. In 2009, he was appointed a member of the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission.

He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma's school of business energy management program. He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of energy at OU and the University of Tulsa.
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