(NASHVILLE, TENN.) — Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), announced at the 2014 NRECA Annual Meeting that Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) is receiving the Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
NRECA gives its Distinguished Service Award to public officials who have gone above and beyond in furthering the principles and progress of electric cooperatives and helping the Association advance its goals.
“Frank Lucas has long been a major supporter of the electric cooperative business model, not only in Oklahoma, but across the nation,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “Frank understands that the job of electrifying rural and suburban America is not finished simply because most people have electricity; continuing support of infrastructure is critical for electric cooperatives and for the communities they serve.”
Rep. Lucas, who lives on Northfork Electric Cooperative lines in Oklahoma, chairs the House Agriculture committee and helped shepherd successful passage of the Farm Bill. He has championed the Rural Utilities Service electric loan program and worked tirelessly to ensure that electric co-ops can continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to 42 million Americans.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.
More than 8,500 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation are attending the NRECA Annual Meeting March 2-5, during which they will set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2014. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer owners.