Glenn English Biography

A tireless consumer advocate, Glenn English has spent his career championing the cooperative business model and fighting to improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Mr. English served 10 terms in the U.S. Congress representing Oklahoma’s 6th district from 1975 – 1994. He served on the House Agriculture Committee and as chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, and Rural Development beginning in 1989. As chairman, Mr. English worked directly on legislation affecting rural development programs, including rural electrification and telecommunications, and pursued an aggressive agenda to revitalize the economy of America’s rural communities.

In 1994, Mr. English became the fourth Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). He vigorously defended the nation’s electric cooperatives and promoted the “Cooperative Way” as a solution to many of the nation’s problems. Never forgetting the driving spirit of rural electrification and the power of cooperation, he continually kept lawmakers and regulators focused on “putting consumers first” and keeping electric bills affordable during nearly two decades of congressional debate over energy and environmental policy.

During his tenure at NRECA, Mr. English was a passionate advocate of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and Youth Leadership Council (YLC) programs. He encouraged these young leaders to never lose sight of the seven cooperative principles and focus on their responsibilities as citizens – to be well informed and engaged in the political process.

In May 2010, Mr. English was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Mr. English retired from NRECA in March 2013 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of NRECA for 19 years.