Denise A. Bode

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Denise Bode "is only the second woman to serve as a commissioner. In January, 2005 she began her second full term in office, having won reelection by the most votes ever garnered by a Republican candidate for an Oklahoma state-wide office.

"Appointed by Governor Frank Keating, Mrs. Bode took office on August 20, 1997 and was elected on November 3, 1998 with over 60% of the vote, a record for a Republican running statewide for the first time. She was reelected to her second full term in November, 2004.

"Born in Tulsa and raised in Bartlesville, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma where she chaired the University of Oklahoma Student Congress. Having earned her Juris Doctorate from George Mason University and a Master’s of Law in taxation from Georgetown University, Ms. Bode worked for nine years on the staff of then –U.S. Senator David Boren as his legal counsel, focusing on the areas of energy and taxation.

"Before joining the commission, Mrs. Bode served for seven years as president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Bode preceded her service at IPAA as a founding partner of a Washington D.C. firm, where she represented a broad range of businesses, ranging from agriculture to life insurance.

"Commissioner Bode is a considered one of the leading experts on national energy policy and infrastructure matters. She was appointed to President George W. Bush’s Energy Transition Advisory Team and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, as well as lectured at the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. She represented the United States in Oslo, Norway, at the International Democrat Union Conservative Women’s Conference. She was elected by state regulators from the eight states that make up the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) region to serve as President of SPP’s Regional State Committee. The committee is charged with directing electric transmission expansion in Oklahoma and the other states in the SPP region...

"Commissioner Bode has been married to her husband, John, for 29 years and they have a 23 year-old son, Sean. They are members of the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral in Oklahoma City. The Bodes have a home in Oklahoma City as well as a ranching operation in western Oklahoma." [1]

On November 14, 2008, the American Wind Energy Association announced the appointment of Bode as CEO. [2]

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  1. Denise A. Bode,, accessed June 16, 2008.
  2. Denise Bode to become Chief Executive Officer of American Wind Energy Association, AWEA, accessed November 15, 2008.
  3. Earth Day Women and the Green Economy, organizational web page, accessed December 21, 2013.